Calling All Voters!
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 electionline.org 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
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