04 Nov On Election Day: protecting the vote, and more
Good morning from the south side of Brooklyn, all!
Many of you know my commitment and activism around protecting voters from fraud, disenfranchisement and general craziness. In 2004, I traveled to Ohio to volunteer with the Election Protection coalition; this year, I wasn’t able to make it out of town (due to this lovely little addition to the family: meet Izzy Louise).
I’ve instead been working on a digital election protection project that uses a variety of tools to allow people to report on their voting experiences: check out Twitter Vote Report at http://twittervotereport.com/ . There are a couple amazing things about this project:
— you don’t have to use Twitter to report: text messages, phone calls, iPhones, Androids are all in play
— an *amazing* all-volunteer team came together from across the country to build out the coalition, site & tools in under two weeks
“This is a historic moment” is what we’re going to hear all day today, and I could be prouder to have played a part in making new technologies the means to a better end. (For those keeping score at home: I did the logo, design, website buildout, and helped make the maps and other bits look nice.)
I’ll also be reporting live for GRITtv with Laura Flanders from 12pm-2pm ET today on what we’re seeing; you can also watch the 5-minute clip of me on yesterday’s show, too:
Hope this finds you well… don’t forget to go vote. ;-)