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Jordan Wait 3 min read

Crowd-sourcing to Clean up Elections and Foil Chad

Source: VoterStory Web site

Voters, listen up.  If you think your voting experience is meaningless, think again.  We all heard about the voting mishaps from the past several elections.  How could we forget the infamous "hanging chad?"   I'm pretty sure Chad and I had gym class together in seventh grade.  Anyway, with technological advances taking over the election process, new problems and concerns are troubling many voters. 

To aide in a smooth transition to this type of voting, EvolveStrategies created a nonpartisan voter complaint system at VoterStory.org.  The site is intended to "make sure that any voter who experiences a problem at the polls has a way to tell their story and get help."  Basically how it works, is that the VoterStory widget can be placed on any Web site.  Voters can then fill out a simple online form documenting their incident, and then this information is sent to a main database.  This information is then gathered and sent to the proper authorities who will hopefully take care of the problem.   Not only will this useful information help in the big November 7th elections, VoterStory also hopes the information can be addressed and be useful for future elections. 

If words aren't enough for you to express your voting experience, you might want to turn to YouthNoise.   Youth with access to video phones can document their voting experience and have it posted online.  YouthNoise is asking voters to "veek" and send videos with either short interviews about what brings fellow voters to the polls, as well as other footage to document their experiences.  Youth voters can also send text messages that will also be posted online.  Messages can be sent to vote@veeker.com.

With these two technologies in place and many more to come, it looks like the voting process is in for some major changes in the near future.  We'll have to wait and see what effects they might have, but one thing is for certain:  Chad probably won't be allowed to vote anymore.