Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Spend Election Day with Coffee, Twitter and Me, of course

Well, not just with me but with thousands of fellow voters including my friends on Twitter and the Political Voices of Women.

But before I continue I'd like to congratulate the Pittsburgh Steelers for their win over the Washington Redskins on Monday Football by the score of 23-6. And if tradition follows, we can all wish the incumbent party farewell.

Thank You Steelers. You've done your part now the rest of Pennsylvania has to do theirs.

I'll be blogging from Pennsylvania and will share a little of my visit to the polls with you. Afterwards, I'll be following the day as it unfolds by live blogging on Twitter. And thanks to a lot of terrific code writers, TwitterVoteReport.com makes it really easy for you to report on conditions from your poll place.

" Millions of Americans will go to over 200,000 distinct voting locations and using different systems and machinery to vote. Some voters will have a terrific experiences, and others will experience the same problems we have been hearing about for years - long lines, broken machines, inaccurate voting rolls, and others will experience problems that we haven’t heard about before. That’s why a new citizen-driven election monitoring system called Twitter Vote Report (www.twittervotereport.com) was just launched.

Using either Twitter.com, iPhone, direct SMS, or our telephone hotlines, voters will have a new way to share their experiences with one another and ensure that the media and watchdog groups are aware of any problems.

And YOU can help! Be a citizen journalist! Submit a report about conditions at your polling place.

Four ways to submit reports to Vote Report:

  • Twitter: include #votereport and other tags to describe the scene on the ground
  • SMS: Send text messages to 66937 (MOZES) starting with the keyword #votereport plus other hash tags
  • iPhone: We have a Twitter Vote Report iPhone app in the App store!
  • Phone: Call our automated system at 567-258-VOTE (8683) to report about conditions, using any touch-tone phone

And if you would like to talk to a human to report bad conditions you’ve observed, please call our partner 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

As news outlets and blogs will report on Election Day stories, Twittervotereport.com is an invaluable resource for thousands of voters to get immediate help. From questions like “where do I vote” or “how do I make sure that my rights are being upheld,” Twitter Voter Report augments these efforts by providing a new way for voters to send text messages (aka tweets) via cellphones or computers which will be aggregated and mapped so that everyone can see the Nation’s voting problems in real-time.

Imagine a nationwide web map with pins identifying every zip code where Americans are waiting over 30 minutes to vote or indicating those election districts where the voting machines are not working. Collectively we will inform each other when the lines are too long and ensure that media and watchdog groups know where problems exist.

For more information, go to www.twittervotereport.com. The complete list of tags or keywords that you can include in your reports is listed there. And please help to spread the word — send this to everyone you know!

So get up early, grab some coffee, go to the polls and then tweet thousands of your fellow voters.

Good Luck and Happy Election Day!

P.S. See you at the polls Pennsylvania :-)

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