October 27, 2012

Rate Your Voting Experience on Election Day

THE ASH Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University has unveiled MyFairElection.com, a new crowd sourced election monitoring platform that allows voters across the United States to rate the quality of their voting experience during Election Day on November 6, 2012.

Archon Fung, the creator, said, "We hope that the results of MyFairElection collects will democratize the assessment of our nation's electoral institutions in their role administering the most fundamental right of modern democracies."

On Election Day, voters will be able to access MyFairElection via smart phone, laptop, or destop computer to describe and rate the quality of their voting experience: five stars for fulfilling experience at the ballot box or one star for very long lines, broken machines, or intimidation. Voters will also be able to record wait times, comment about their experience, report problems, and upload photos. In addition, MyFairElection will also supply voters with the location of their polling place, voter identification requirements, and other Election Day information such as current average wait times.

Both real-time during Election Day and afterwards, MyFairElection will aggregate voter-provided data into heat maps and other data-rich displays to identify and display the quality of electoral access across the country. The site will allow voters to identify and locate problems as they emerge in real time, compare and rank states and localities according to the quality of access to the vote they provide, and share the experience exercising their right and ability to vote.

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