Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Don't let them interfere with your vote

Election Day, the most exciting one I've experienced. I'm out working for Gary Trauner today.

If anyone messes with your right to vote, you have lots of options. Your precinct's election judges are there to help. Most judges I've seen in Laramie County know their business. They receive training and get lots of backup. But, if for some odd reason, it's the judge getting in your way, there's also a precinct captain or, in many cases, the captain that oversees the operation of the 4-5 precincts grouped together, as is the case with the Lions Park Community House and the Holiday Inn on Fox Farm Road.

Your county clerk and staff will be busy but you can contact them if you experience difficulties. Contact the Laramie County Clerk at 307-633-4268.

Election Protection provides a national clearinghouse at http://www.866ourvote.org/. The web site also provides a U.S. map. You can click on any state and get crucial information on voting -- and where to turn to for help.

You can also use your Twitter account to report polling place shenanigans. Here are some directions:

If you experience problems at the polls on Election Day(such as long lines, voter intimidation, suspicious behavior, machine malfunctions, registration errors, etc.) you can report it to us via text message or the web by using your Twitter account! (Don’t have one? Click here to sign-up.)
Here is how it works:
1. “Tweets” should include a description of the problem and a hashtag+zip code (ex. #22205). If you know your voting precinct number, it would also be helpful to add that.
2. Include in your tweet a simple hashtag of “EP” + state abbreviation—so if you
are a voter in Virginia, include in your tweet “#EPVA”
3. These tweet-reports will be monitored by the respective state teams on the ground who will confirm the reports and work to resolve any issue.
4. Add #votereport to your tweet to feed live into the Twitter Vote Report website.


Simon Owens said...

Yeah, the Twitter Vote Report is a pretty cool way of aggregating the election day twitter data. I've been working on a similar election project that utilizes Twitter:Freshly Squeezed Tweets. It aggregates tweets like Twitter Vote Report, but it creates a more abstract visualization of the aggregate conversation on Twitter showing frequency and context of election-related words. The site will pull a continuous stream of tweets mentioning Obama and McCain, representing the most-used terms as a series of bubbles. The bigger the "bubble" the more frequently the term is being used. You can hover over each word to see a graphical breakdown of each word's use.

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