Live updated election results tonight

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The Election Central countdown clock is nearing zero. Make your way to the polls to cast your ballot, and then back to nwherald.com to watch results come in.

With this election, the Northwest Herald brings you a revamped results page. You'll be able to see it at 7 p.m. today when the polls close.

By revamped, we don't mean in style. It is actually quite similar to the results page of last spring's election.

The big new feature is an AJAX-powered backend, allowing you to get updated results without ever refreshing your page. The script is set to run every two minutes - as shown by a countdown clock on the page. Of course, you can click on a refresh icon to check results more often, but either way you will be able to watch up-to-the-minute results updated without ever needed to lift a finger.

This works very similar to sports websites that update scores and statistics as the game is happening. Instead, here you'll get your local race and referendum vote totals.

This feature makes our page more user-friendly for other reasons as well. We'll also be bringing you a live chat, beginning at 7 p.m. Dan McCaleb and I will be there moderating. Since there is no need to refresh the page, you'll be able to follow the chat easily.

So, sit back, relax, and strap it down, McHenry County voters. Primary election time starts now.

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Adam Nekola is the Senior Web Producer for Shaw Media's suburban group. The Election Central platform is also installed on the Lake County Journal, Kane County Chronicle, Morris Daily Herald, and Daily Chronicle of DeKalb - in case you are interested in any races in those areas.

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