CHENEY – On Tuesday, when the votes are tallied across the nation, many of the results will go straight to students at Eastern Washington University.
EWU is just one of four Associated Press election tabulation centers nationwide and is the only university to host one. One Tuesday night, hundreds of students will take phone calls all night with election results from 22 states.
The student workers are a crucial link to getting the numbers entered in the Associated Press database, which sends results out to the media worldwide.
The scene at EWU Saturday morning was as close to election night as it gets. Associated Press data center director for Washington Dana Bloch said Saturday was the one and only test-run of the system before Tuesday.
"Getting phones worked out, getting computers worked out for the most part, that's what we expect on every rehearsal and we weren't let down,” Bloch said. “But we got 'em worked out and we're in good shape."
The students will be messengers to the media on a night when the world is watching.
Gonzaga and Whitworth university students will work at the Associated Press election center in downtown Spokane on Tuesday.