Backing Up Election Results

Tonight’s Gonna Be a Hot Night…

studio Landtagswahl Rheinland-Pfalz

pc britz in the SWR studio for the state elections

… I thought when I entered the Landtag of Mainz last night – election night for the state of Rhineland-Palatinate (RP) and Baden-Wuerttemberg (BW) – to help out at the SWR studio for the TV show. Still I was surprised by the heat (literally and metaphorically) of the heat this night would bring.

The election was a major win to the Green party, so big they were even surprised themselves. It looks like they will form a coalition with the traditionally strong Social Democrats in RP.

Jens and pcbritz working on the backup

Please stop asking. No we won't sell you a life insurance policy 😉 - Dressed up for the election

My colleagues and I were there  to provide a backup of the election results for Infratest Dimap to be presented on the TV show. In case their data visualization failed, we would have provided the information on our screen, allowing the director. Fortunately, that never happened! But nonetheless, we broke a sweat more than once, not only due to the 31° Celsius in the studio.

election data sheet

some of the estimated election data early during the night on a sheet. The Green result was even stronger after the first votes were counted.
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