VoteMaster XL provides the easiest, most powerful user interface for On-Air Control of your election night presentations.

 From Multiple Rundowns to instantly modifiable on-air display formats, VoteMaster XL keeps the results flowing smoothly all night long in either manual or fully automated operation.

 Election Night Reporting is about numbers … without them you have talk … with them you have displayable facts ... VoteMaster XL gathers the results and presents them instantly. 

Based on 22 years experience with VoteMaster, VoteMaster XL is bigger, better and faster!!!

With the economy the way it is, most News Directors are reporting some staff cutbacks ... but are still expected to produce the same number of newscasts and special programs .. AND still beat the competition!

With staff cutbacks, you probably have fewer people to cover both news and elections but you are expected to produce a very robust election coverage. Automation is the key. VoteMaster XL Election Night Reporting system gathers and processes election numbers faster and easier than any other system.  VoteMaster XL is designed to instantly capture  results from your wire service, Internet or State election computer and to display them in the order and with the look that you want ... plus be flexible enough to respond to almost any on-air situation.

VoteMaster XL offers the greatest variety of information gathering methods of any system and is by far the smartest "Race Learn Mode" that will save you hours of manual entry.

Elections are a numbers game, and it's all about who gets them to air first!

Comprompter knows that budgets are tight, we would like to make a special Rental option available to you. 

 

To find out how to Rent VoteMaster XL, Click Here.  

 

Optional On-Site Installation and Training Available.

 

VoteMaster Key Features:

  • VoteMaster Captures all the races, you decide which one’s you want to use.
  • VoteMaster handles the data, you use your CG to display your look.
  • Make Full-Screen and Lower-Third Graphics in advance.
  • Use the full power of your CG … Candidate Pictures, Animations, and Charts.
  • Drive Multiple CG Channels, or Multiple CG’s simultaneously.
  • View On-Air Races as well as those coming up in Master Control and Studio.
  • Review Race Results at any computer on the VoteMaster Network
  • VoteMaster can auto-choose the Template or each race can have its’ own setup.
  • Receive County, State or Federal results from multiple sources simultaneously.
  • Choose the numbers from the source you want to air for each Race.
  • Three Entry Modes: Manual (Local or Remote); Internet and/or Wire Service.
  • Choose to sort Races by Number of Votes, or by set up a fixed order.
  • Robust Microsoft SQL™ Database for Fast, Secure number-crunching.
  • Open and Closing Billboards for integrated Sponsorship CG.
  • Automatically Monitors for Name and Precinct changes or altered vote count.
  • Fully compatible with NewsKing (or any other NRCS) or other Master Module.
  • Assign Winner and display Check Mark or Flag.
  • Results published to Website – Manually, upon Command or fully Automatically.

 

From Multiple Rundowns to instantly modifiable on-air display formats, VoteMaster XL keeps the results flowing smoothly all night long in either manual or fully automated operation.

 

((((LEAVE FAQ IN PLACE – SEE REWRITTEN RESPONSES STARTING ON NEXT PAGE))))

What kind of computers does VoteMaster require?
As a product of Comprompter, Inc., VoteMaster requires only standard Windows PC's.

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Do I have to provide my own computers?

No ... but you may if you wish. Comprompter can provide complete turnkey systems, software and selected hardware components, or just software. If you elect to provide your own hardware and networking, we will provide the specifications to help you with your shopping list.

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Do I have to have Comprompter come in to install VoteMaster?

No ... but we strongly recommend on-site installation and training to get the most out of your investment. If you choose on-site training and installation, you will have the assurance that the system has been properly configured and is ready to run – and that your staff is ready to run it on election night. 

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What if I have questions or problems ... will Comprompter help me?

Yes. Comprompter has the industry's best record for 24/7 customer support. Telephone support, both voice and direct modem, is included in both our on-site and off-site installation plans. 

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Can results be entered or viewed on more than one computer?

Yes. Like all Comprompter products, VoteMaster is designed to run on standard Windows-compatible networks, and any PC computer that can sign onto the network can run the VoteMaster software. 

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What kind of "network" does VoteMaster require?

VoteMaster is designed to operate on Windows 2000, XP or Vista networks. 

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Does VoteMaster automatically enter results in my CG?

Yes. VoteMaster is designed to handle CG results entry automatically. It stores results in its database until they are needed for air, and feeds them to the CG in real time, assuring the fastest display of results possible

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What kind of character generator can VoteMaster connect to?

VoteMaster is designed to work with a wide range of character generators. The list includes the Chyron, Deko, Vizrt, Vertigo, Compix machines, and many others.

        Let us know what CG you have ... chances are we can provide the right software! 

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Getting Results

Can VoteMaster read results direct from the wire?
Yes. Once you tell VoteMaster which races you wish to cover, it will automatically read the results from your wire, and record them in the database.

VoteMaster can also read results from Secretary of States Web sites, AP’s Web Site and more.

        Let us know what you’d like to receive ... chances are we can write a custom ingest software for you! 

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How many wire services can VoteMaster read results from?

VoteMaster comes ready to receive AP (NewsPower or AP Election Wires). It can also read results from other services, such as numerous Secretary of States Sites, county or other election computers (if those services are available in your area). 

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Does VoteMaster allow me to manually enter results for local races that I cannot get from the wire?

Yes. Each computer you run VoteMaster on has an option which will allow you to enter results manually. Races are automatically grouped according to county, ward, district, etc. as you choose during setup. When the reporter at the XYZ county courthouse calls in, all you need to do is choose XYZ county from a menu, cursor to the race(s) you want to update on a list of races being tracked in that county, ward, district, etc., and enter your updated results.

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What happens if someone tries to enter outdated results?

VoteMaster will warn you if you attempt to input either precinct counts or vote totals which are lower than those already stored in the database. VoteMaster gives you the option to decide if you wish to override the computer and enter the results in question for that race, or keep the results already in the database.

For race results being read from the wire, VoteMaster warns you if the wire service attempts to update a race with either lower precinct or vote totals, and keeps a log of races where questionable data has been transmitted. VoteMaster makes it possible for you to override the wire, and make whatever corrections you see fit to make. 

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Is there a limit to the number of election races VoteMaster can handle?

VoteMaster is designed to handle 100’s and 100’s of races per election. 

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How many candidates can each election race have?

VoteMaster will handle up to 30 candidates per race. 

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Can VoteMaster give me the ability to see more than one set of results for a race? I have a key Congressional District that covers 8 counties. I want to read results for that race from the wire, but I also want to have people at the courthouses in those counties phoning in the results.

Yes. Races can be tracked both by wire and by manual input, and you can decide which set of results go on the air. 

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On The Air!

How many types of displays can VoteMaster produce on my CG?
VoteMaster provides for both full-screen and lower-third displays, and both display formats can be run in either Manual or Automatic mode.

In addition, you can add additional (optional) CG channels or CG machines to achieve simultaneous, multiple CG output. 

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Can I control the order in which VoteMaster sends results to the CG?
Yes. As a matter of fact, VoteMaster has Four different ways of determining the order in which you put results on the air:

         Pre-Build Rundowns that contain desired Races in a desired Order that you determine. You can still insert new Races or other Rundowns interspersed with what you planned.

         Manual - You choose which races to air by selecting the rundown/race using VoteMaster's hotkeys.

         New Results - If you choose, VoteMaster will display only races which have been updated since the last time you displayed them.

         You may also choose to have VoteMaster output only the First Page of Candidates to the CG. (This would be the top vote-getters.) 

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Who decides what the results look like on the air?

You do! Actually ... your CG's capabilities do. You determine and control your on-air look. Your graphics staff designs a series of CG Templates that contain your custom logo’s, colors, fonts, positioning and animations. VoteMaster calls the proper Templates, fills in the data and displays the results in Preview within a second or so.  

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What order will candidates be shown in?

VoteMaster always displays Candidates and their votes in the order of the most successful vote-getter on down. With our system, your anchors and your audience will never have to guess who is leading because the candidate with the most votes is always on top! Of course, if you want a fixed order every time, you can also set that. 

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Can I control the number of candidates we will see on each screen?

Yes. VoteMaster's powerful utilities enable you to determine how many candidates will appear on the screen.

         If you want four candidates to a full-screen page, and a given race has six candidates, VoteMaster will display the top four vote-getters first, then prepare a second CG display with the remaining candidates.

         For lower-third displays, VoteMaster feeds results for the top two candidates, then results for the next two, etc. until the last candidate's totals are shown. VoteMaster's lower third display utilities allow you to decide if you will show all of the candidates in a race, or only show the leader and second place candidates.  

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I want to do a "squeeze" in prime-time and super results in the lower third of the screen. During my newscast, I want the same results full-screen. Can VoteMaster do that?

Yes. VoteMaster's full-screen and lower third displays can be switched on/off with a simple keystroke. VoteMaster can be programmed to activate certain other features of your CG during startup and stopping the results display. 

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We want to run continuous results overnight. Can VoteMaster run results by itself or does it need a person to operate it?

Yes. VoteMaster's Automatic mode (in both its full-screen and lower third display formats) requires no human interaction. VoteMaster will continue to read new results from the wire(s) and automatically send continuous updates to your CG unattended. 

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Can VoteMaster run a second CG display with continuous results? We have an LMA for a second station in our market, and may want to put non-stop results on the LMA at the same time we are displaying results in our newscast.

Yes. For a modest additional fee, the VoteMaster software can be configured by our technicians to accommodate more than one character generator. 

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Ordering & Installation

How far ahead of my election do I need to order?
VoteMaster orders should be placed 45 days (or more) in advance of the first election you intend to use it for. Orders and installation schedules are on a first-come, first-served basis. We will do everything we can to get your system up and running, but the more notice you give us, the better-prepared you will be on election night!

Are terms available?
Yes. Check with Comprompter ... you'll be pleased with our Purchasing Plans!

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