Oct 31st, 2008
Voting irregularities? Tweet it.
The Twitter Vote Report was founded in a cooperative code-a-thon as an election monitoring system, in order to combat any voter suppression or disruption efforts that may arise on voting day.
If you have a Twitter account, you can use your cell phone or computer to send a 140-character or less micro-broadcast notifying voters, election monitors and the media of any problems you’ve encountered trying to vote. A web map will display incidents in real-time.
One recent example of something worth tweeting: the phony flier sent out to some Virginia residents in predominantly African-American neighborhoods, claiming that Republicans vote on November 4th and Democrats vote on November 5th.
While “The Onion” did a send-up 4 years ago about Republicans urging minorities to vote on “Big Wednesday,” this time around the phony flier is all too real. But the overall nature of the Internet has changed drastically since the last election; user-generated content/Web 2.0 is the norm now, and projects like the Twitter Vote Report are looking to make sure that this kind of misinformation is publicized and debunked in short order. Now, if we can just bridge the digital divide…
One might wonder just what this kind of instantaneous user-generated information might have done for the infamous dangling chads of Florida 8 years ago…
The folks at TVR have set up official t-shirts, and we might recommend them as a good alternative on voting day to your candidate t-shirts due to the vague “electioneering” laws which, judging from unfortunate incidents like the fake flier, could potentially cost someone their right to vote.
So on election day (that’s November 4th regardless of party affiliation, race or income level), be sure to dress innocuously, tweet responsibly, and remember: your vote is your concern, but your voting experience can – and should – be everybody’s.