I’ve blogged before about how citizens could be on the front-lines in monitoring global warming or bird patterns or even improving GPS systems. (See related post here.) Now citizens can be at the forefront of helping to monitor our election process.
The My Fair Election website says “Rate your polling place and your experience of voting here. Was it easy to vote? Were there long lines, closed polling places, or broken machines? Your rating and those of thousands of other voters will produce a real-time map of voting conditions throughout the country on November 4, 2008. Sign up now, and you will receive an email message with instructions for submitting your own rating after you vote.”
My Fair Election enables American citizens or journalists or politicians to see where there are concentrations of voting unfairness or irregularity and enables high level of citizen-observed unfairness in the election process to trigger investigations into asserted irregularities. One could also see the day after the election from the “Weather Map of Election Fairness” we collectively create whether concentrations of voting unfairness occurred in certain states or traditionally Blue vs. Red areas.
So don’t only vote on November 4, but sign up at My Fair Election and get your friends (in lots of different places) to sign up as well. Together we can all hold the voting system accountable and we can add a layer of transparency to our voting process.
Note: other parallel efforts (although not enabling one to map the infractions) are a service which Twitter offered called Vote Report and Video Your Vote (a YouTube) effort enabling voters to upload a video of their voting experience.