07/21/2008 05:56 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Pardon Our Dust

If you follow this site closely, you have probably noticed that my posts have been a bit sparse lately, and you may have experienced a few"site not available" error messages over the last week or two. Both issues are related to some changes on the site that will begin to become obvious in a few hours. We think you will approve what we have in store.

Meanwhile, we apologize in advance for one more brief service outage that you will encounter at about 9:00 p.m. Eastern time tonight (6:00 p.m. Pacific), as we make some changes to the "tubes" that bring you our site.

And tune in tomorrow (or later tonight) for a whole new

Update (9:57 a.m EST): The new site is up, but we're working to correct a few bugs this morning, some obvious, most not.  The most obvious is the presidential map scoreboard, which as commenter Holdek points out, incorrectly adds up to 553 electoral votes (it should total to 538).  The "lean Republican" category has 15 electoral votes too many, the correct total should be 102, not 117.   Thus, the total McCain electoral vote count should be 199, not 214.  

For reasons having to do with file permissions, server issues and time zones that make my head hurt, we cannot change those scoreboard values, at least not for the moment.  We'll also be a little delayed posting poll updates this morning.

But we'll have much more later this afternoon.