from the Bostonist.com:
So, we knew the Globe had its problems, but today we’re really confused. As of 12:45pm today, January 19, 2010, a Globe infographic (pictured above, in case they fix it) has Martha Coakley winning with 50% of the vote and “100% reporting” as of “3:48 pm” (elsewhere known as “12:36 am”). Additionally, more than half of Massachusetts’ approximately 4 million registered voters have already turned out to vote—and had their votes recorded—by 12:45 slash 3:48 pm. That’d be impressive turnout for an entire day of voting. Can you spot additional errors? Our heads are imploding over here. Is the Globe rigging this election? (Note: we’re not seriously suggesting this would happen.) Did somebody hack its data feeds? Are we dreaming? WHAT IS GOING ON?
In case you can’t see the insanity, we’ve helpfully added some pointers in the second image.
Update, 12:55pm: The Phoenix also noticed this, though the Globe appears to have removed the infographic now.
Update, 1:20pm: Now everything is at 0%. Did nobody vote today? Did the Globe’s data/apps all go kaput? Not a great day for this to happen.
Update, 2:00pm: Not only did this map explode, Scott Brown supporters used the pollwatcher feature to talk about nuts. Did the Globe not realize today was going to require a little preparation and moderation? (Poor Abington.)
Update, 2:22pm: The Herald has an explanation: “It was a test on a tool and it meant nothing. I don’t know how these things happen,” said the executive assistant to the editor of boston.com.