The big day is approaching. Here’s a video worth watching about a very important ongoing project called Video the Vote. There isn’t anyone reading this that doesn’t understand how the instantaneous sharing of information in the form of stories and images has transformed this political race.
Everyone who goes to vote, and has the technology to do it, should document their experience. Long lines? Vote flipping on touchscreen machines? People being turned away because of missing registration information? People leaving the line in frustration? You can help to record what is going on, so that we have the evidence necessary to push for real election reform.
I’ve never had a problem at my polling place, and I don’t anticipate it this year. But I’m taking a video camera anyway.
Video the Vote is a national initiative to protect voting rights by monitoring the electoral process. We organize citizen journalists—ordinary folks like you and me—to document election problems as they occur. And then we distribute their footage to the mainstream media and online to make sure the full story of Election Day 2008 gets told.
There’s another great video at videothevote.org . I can’t embed it, but it’s worth watching. You can also upload your video on the site where it becomes available for distribution.
Remember, if you have already voted, you can visit your usual polling place, or any others in your area where you anticipate problems. So charge up those batteries and get ready for Tuesday.