The big day is upon us again, and since my vote in the people's republic of Vermont (The GOP's term, not mine) doesn't really matter, I've turned my attention to the national level. First, to the many controversial things appearing on Twitter:
Shouldn’t voting machines be open source?
— StandardPixel is... (@standardpixel) November 6, 2012
Please vote today. I am voting for Obama.
— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) November 6, 2012
Los lines de voto esta muy longo. Bringo un booko y chargo tus phone de smarto! Esta goingo to que be un while.
— Miguel Bloombito (@ElBloombito) November 6, 2012
Well, turns out when you cast a broad net people are actually saying some pretty hideous things on Twitter. This app I knocked together a few months ago from a Mapbox template reveals the tweeting public in all its grammar-deficient, race-baiting, socialism-misdefining glory. I stopped watching it after the last debate, since it was damaging my faith in humanity:
It'll be more interesting to see if any of the many "Election Crowdsourcing" apps produce robust datasets about the differences in voting experience around the country. Twitter is too hard to mine for precinct-specific context about wait times at polling places (Don't believe me? Give it a try.), so I'm hoping to see some useful information from MyFairElection and Mother Jones.
If you note others who are collecting such info, please drop me a line in the comments or on Twitter (@vtcraghead). Because this is my mapping project for the today if I can get enough data:
+1 MT @techsoc: New poll tax=hours you have to wait in line to vote. Someone pls correlate this nationwide w/ race & income & go to court.
— Steven Johnson (@geomantic) November 6, 2012