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Radio Diary: How Americans Came To Expect Fast Election Results06:22
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People watch voting results at Hillary Clinton's election night event (Elsa/Getty Images)
People watch voting results at Hillary Clinton's election night event (Elsa/Getty Images)

Like placing an order at a drive-through, Americans cast their ballots and expect quick results. Where did that appetite for rapid election results come from? We walk through the history of reporting election results and how Americans came to expect results fast.


In this diary ... we hear from:

Ira Chinoy, associate professor, Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

David Greenberg, professor of history, journalism and media studies at Rutgers University.

This segment aired on September 14, 2020.

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