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Rate your voting experience, crowdsourced by MyFairElection

Posted 06 Nov 2012 by 

Jason Hibbets (Red Hat)
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There's a new twist on election day—giving feedback on your voting experience.  U.S. citizens voting in today's election can share what it was like at their polling location using MyFairElection.

MyFairElection.com is a crowd sourced election monitoring platform created by faculty at Harvard Kennedy School with support from LegiNation, Inc. and a group of dedicated citizens. It enables voters to take an active role in monitoring their polling places and in improving the quality of elections and ballot access in the United States.

"It's like Yelp for democracy," said Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center. "By being open to participation by all voters—be their poll experience positive or negative—the participation level and resulting data set could far exceed more tightly controlled efforts that rely on physically present poll monitors or voting problem hotlines."

MyFairElection empowers voters to take a more active role in monitoring their polling places and in improving the quality of elections and ballot access in the United States, according to an article on the Harvard Kennedy School site.

The MyFairElection platform aims to provide free election monitoring data. Government agencies, journalists, voter protection groups, and citizens will have open access to the data set after the election, with the hope to improve the electoral process.

In order to gather the data, MyFairElection needs voters to help compile feedback. I gave my polling location 4-stars and logged an 18:30 minute wait time. (Yes, I timed it.) Share your feedback at MyFairElection.com.

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Jason Hibbets is a project manager in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is the lead administrator, content curator, and community manager for Opensource.com. He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of, The foundation for an open source city. Prior roles include senior marketing specialist, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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