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November 7, 2006 General Election


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Elections Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some of the most commonly asked questions pertaining to this Election Night website.
Simply click on the question to see the answer displayed below (In the Expand all mode).

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Viewing Elections Results

1) What is "Cache"?
2) Setting your Browser's Cache

We can only give you general instructions here for setting your cache because the process varies from browser to browser and from version to version. We have provided examples below for two of the most popular browsers, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. The procedure for your browser will probably be similar to one of the two examples.

If you need further information, please consult the manual or online help that came with your browser software.

Most browsers have a menu item that allows you to set "options" or "preferences". One of these options or preferences effects how your browser uses its cache and communicates with our server. You must set this properly to ensure you're seeing the most current election results.


Netscape Navigator

  1. On the menu bar, select "Edit".
  2. In the Preferences window, click the little "+" next to the "Advanced" Category.
  3. Select "Cache".
  4. Under "Document in cache is compared to document on network:", select "Every time".
  5. Click the "OK" button to finish and close the "Preferences" window.

Internet Explorer

  1. On the menu bar, select "Tools".
  2. Select "Internet Options".
  3. In the Internet Options window, under the "General" tab, find the "Temporary Internet files" section.
  4. In the "Temporary Internet files" section, click on the "Settings" button.
  5. Under "Check for newer versions of stored pages:", select "Every visit to the page".
  6. Click the "OK" button to close the "Settings" window.
  7. Click the "OK" button to finish and close the "Internet Options" window.

3) Reload/Refresh

Most browsers have a button that allows you to reload the current page. In Netscape Navigator it's called "Reload"; in Microsoft Internet Explorer it's called "Refresh".

If you're only interested in one contest and do not move from page to page, the "Reload/Refresh" button is the only way to get updated returns as they are posted. The pages will not automatically update by themselves.

If you believe you are looking at an old page for which there should be a newer version, try clicking on your "Reload/
Refresh" button. If the page doesn't change, please wait a minute or so and then try it again.


  • The returns are updated approximately every five minutes.
  • Your clock may differ from ours.

Using the "Reload/Refresh" button too much will not let you see the next update any sooner, and it may clog and significantly slow down your Internet connection.

4) How do you determine what contests appear in the Close Contest section?

The system automatically includes any race where the margin between first and second place is 2% or less.

Other Issues

1) Will you be adding more FAQs to this page?

Yes. As we receive additional questions pertaining to elections Javascript, we will be adding them to our database(s) and including them here, as time permits.