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Calling All Voters!

POSTED: 01:10 PM ET, 10/31/2008 by Amanda Zamora

There's been no shortage of stories recently warning of Election Day troubles. Lawyers for both campaigns are already swarming states like Florida, the scene of the 2000 hanging chad debacle, and as we noted in an earlier posting, Florida is among several places that could experience major problems Tuesday.

With an unprecedented focus on the voting booth, we're looking to our readers to help us document the voting experience across the country. Beginning Tuesday at 6 a.m. ET, we will launch Vote Monitor 2008 to collect your Election Day stories. We want to know what you encounter -- from long lines to voting machine issues, registration errors to voter intimidation -- in order to show potential voting problems as they arise across the country.

In the meantime, you can tune into Vote Monitor on Twitter, where we'll be keeping an eye on voting-related headlines and resources. The political campaigns aren't the only ones breaking new ground in terms of online strategy -- grassroots organizations and advocacy groups are also utilizing Web tools to mobilize voters. The folks at Election Protection and Video the Vote, for instance, will be using Twitter to chronicle voting issues along with the Vote Report project -- all examples of how people are harnessing the power of Web 2.0 tools to monitor this election. The Vote Monitor will keep tabs on these independent groups, as well as mainstream news outlets and of course, our army of Washington Post reporters, so that you can monitor the course of voting.

Also today at 2 p.m. ET, the folks from Pew's will be joining us for a live discussion on Election Day logistics. Their 2008 election preview (PDF) provides an excellent overview of state-by-state voting information, while noting how record voter turnout combined with other key factors may create a "perfect storm" for Election Day problems.

See you on Election Day!

By Amanda Zamora |  October 31, 2008; 1:10 PM ET Election 2008 , Vote Monitor
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one of the most encouraging things to happen this election cycle is the judiciary has been actively knocking back repuke efforts to disenfranchise voters in several states.

and the most satisfying aspect to this is the advance preparation obama has done in seeking election monitors to be present throughout the country to ensure that voters aren't intimidated, rejected or otherwise refused a ballot.

Posted by: mycomment | October 31, 2008 2:36 PM

Yet we are still using machines with no paper trail. What is shown on screen doesn't mean it is counted that way. Demand a paper ballot.

Posted by: pca6661 | October 31, 2008 4:05 PM

How the hell can the US insist that other countries accept democracy when it can't hold an honest election itself? FUC%K&NG criminal.

Posted by: pgiaquinto | October 31, 2008 4:16 PM

I see the McCain camp says it has "closed the gap." That's truly amazing... they must know something the electorate doesn't know.

Earlier this week, McCain had to bus 4,000 students to a rally in Florida to get a count of 6,000 attendees. People are turned away from Obama visits.

In Pennsylvania, over 100,000 people waited in the rain to hear Obama, while McCain couldn't fill a 10,000 seat arena.

It will be interesting to see what happens on Tuesday. Maybe Rush Limbaugh had some inside info to say there will be riots. I hope not.

I find it amazing that people would vote for someone they hadn't heard of two months ago... someone they don't know. They wouldn't turn their kids or their house over to someone they'd only known that long, yet they'd turn the country over to them? Amazing.

Posted by: wayoffbaseguy | October 31, 2008 4:47 PM

Yes, we need to demand a paper ballot, but I don't think there are enough of them. I have already dissolved in a puddle of futility between reading about Bush's last minute regulations, and near certainty this election is going to be stolen again, because Diebold controls elections in 37 states. Not even Rachel Maddow can "talk me down."

Posted by: DreamsAmelia | October 31, 2008 7:53 PM

what happens at the polls is very important. Yet the greatest need for vigilance is the ELECTRONIC TRANSFER of data from the various voting districts to the common collecting location. This is where the republicans have tapped in and erased votes in the past!

Posted by: FreeAmerica1 | November 1, 2008 12:08 AM

Check out this project to allow voters to report their voting experiences, both good and bad, on election day. As hundreds or thousands of people do this, you will be able to see a real time "weather map" of election conditions throughout the country on election day.

The project is:

Posted by: arfung | November 1, 2008 9:43 AM

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