For the linguistically sensitive, one of the burning questions stemming from last night's election-night coverage was, "When did vote become a mass noun?" Several observers picked up on the usage: Monica Macaulay on the Mr. Verb blog, Nancy Friedman on the Fritinancy blog, and Josef Fruehwald, Jonah Ostroff, Dane Pritchard, Kate Stafford, and Elizabeth Preston on Twitter. If you missed the mass-nounification of vote, you can hear several examples in this clip documenting the remarkable moment on Fox News when Megyn Kelly confronts her number-crunching Decision Desk colleagues after Karl Rove questioned their call of Ohio for Obama:
Before the clip cuts off, you can hear them say "too much Obama vote," "a lot of vote to be counted," "we're looking at actual raw vote," and "sufficient vote in Ohio." (You can also hear one count-noun use: "There just aren't enough Republican votes left.")
The shift of vote to mass-noun usage (where count-noun votes might be expected) may remind some of previous election jargon, particularly chad in 2000. For a discussion of the case of chad, see Arnold Zwicky's 2001 presentation "Counting Chad," his 2006 LL post, "Plural, mass, collective," and my 2008 post, "'Chad' back in the news."
[As noted in the comments below, vote has been used in the past in specific mass-noun contexts requiring the article the. Relevant OED senses include:
6c. The collective support of a special number or class of persons in a deliberative decision, election, etc. (Cf. 7c.)
1851 ‘L. Mariotti’ Italy 391 We must not, indeed, allow that it was the result of the Lombard vote that turned Sardinia's allies into enemies.
1884 Nation (N.Y.) 3 July 1/3 Mr. Blaine will get the following ‘votes’. The Hebrew vote, because he spoke severely about the persecution of the Jews by Russia; the Dynamite vote, because he is down on the English.
7c. The aggregate of voters, esp. of a certain class. (Cf. 6c.)
1888 Daily Chron. 26 Apr. in Cassell's, Alluding to the large amount of the illiterate vote in Ireland.
What is particularly new is the use of vote in "anarthrous" (article-less) contexts where those not versed in election jargon would likely use plural count-noun votes.]