last week’s post + today’s post = this post

So remember that the New York Times visualizations are awesome?  And that the dynamic web has made election-watching, particularly crazy-obsessive election-watching, a very different thing than it was a while ago?

You might think that I am going to be one of many to say the NYT election map is great.  It is, but I’m not.

Check this out – for those of us forced to endure the slow rollout of the returns here on the west coast all alone because someone is busy running the French Film Festival at Western Oregon University?  This is the kind of thing you can’t look away from.  Look at all the people who are feeling like I am?  Or just feeling!  It’s very comforting and interesting too.

What one word describes your current state of mind?


(thanks to Beth via Rachel)

Election 2.0

Keeping an eye on the process –

Tracking the polling places – how long does it take, are the machines working.  Sharing this information can help the voter make the most of their time, but the implicit goal is also to ensure that any questionable practices at the polling places don’t stay under the radar.

My Fair Election – A mapping application that lets you rate your polling place.  Not much information here, really – and maybe that’s because there’s an easier way to share this info, that a lot people are already using –

Twitter election watch

Twitter Vote Report was described by Information Aesthetics as a grassroots election monitoring system… that features an innovative use of Twitter as the main infrastructure for distributed data collection.

Twitter users can mark messages #machine to report problems with voting machines, #wait to report on wait times, and #votereport for all kinds of polling-related messages.

00 am Election Day
real time results for #machine aat 8:00 am Election Day

Of course, the opposite problem might attach here – too MUCH information to make anything specific to my situation find-able.  Not to mention no Twitter user could possibly be entirely confident that the election won’t break Twitter.

ETA – Another twitter project.  Election Protection: You Have the Right to Vote. 1-866-OUR-VOTE.  The twitter feed gathers and broadcasts reports of voter suppression and other problems.  Users can also report problems using state code tags in this format:  #EPstatecode (i.e. #EPOR), and zip code tags (#EPzipcode).

Please let me know about similar projects in the comments!

Looking back at the campaigns –

The 10 most viral videos of the 2008 campaign (from Politico)

The campaign in posters (from Caleb Crain)

Dipity Election Center – mashing up election information and dipity’s timeline tool (from Dipity)