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Monday, November 10, 2008
When you've been around as long as UCP has (55 years and counting), it's not always easy to jump into the new media game. We consider this a test run in that regard and we're starting to see just how involved our online community really is. Therefore we're looking forward to more and bigger social media events in the future and we're always open to suggestions from you about how to make that happen. You can give us feedback on the Twitter Patrol, or anything else for that matter, by leaving a comment on the blog or by e-mailing me (Patrick) at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're also on Myspace, Facebook, and of course, Twitter.
Thanks again for a great Election Night.
We'll be talking to you soon,
The UCP National Team
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
McCain was counting on Pennsylvania and with it gone, he litterally needs to stave off Obama in every other state George Bush won in 2004 while at the same time winning some other blue state.
And Mark Warner is the Senator from Virginia
No surprises here...
Social Media Intern
UCP National Office
fledchen: @ElectionPatrol Low vision functions of the ballot marking machine worked well, however.
fledchen: @electionpatrol Polling place was Eliot Community Center in St. Louis Park, MN
"Computer glitches and heavy turnout left hundreds of voters in one Prince George's precinct waiting four hours to cast their ballots today.
Some 300 people were in line at Mount Oak United Methodist Church at 4am, according to a spokeswoman for the Prince George's County Board of Elections. When the doors finally opened, there was a serious problem with 26 of the 39 voter access cards available."
Election Protection is fairly emphatic that Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia are headed for trouble. Disaboom has also mentioned Arizona, Minnesota, and Missouri. We can see evidence of problems in most of those states in our own posts, but not Virginia. I don't think anyone who's reported to us has had any problems in Virginia yet. But we're certainly keeping our eye on it.
For their part, CNN says they've received the most calls to their Hotline (1-877-GOCNN-08) from Virginia, Florida, New Jersey, New York, DC, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The top three types of problems: Registration, Mechanical, and Access.
Here. (thnx 6oclockvintage.)
BTW: TwitterPatrol reported this incident, mentioned in the above article, earlier today:
"Florida - Anecdotal evidence on Twitter points to at least one instance of a voter with a disability being told they were not eligible to vote because they are disabled. Additionally Disaboom blogger KaraSwims was denied the right to a private voting area in Miami: "there were no lowered booths or even a table for me to use for voting. I asked a few officials but was told there was 'nothing they could do.' One offered me something stiffer than the book I brought to put on my lap to fill out the ballot, but the more important problem was privacy."
In line at 6 AM, finished at 7:45. One machine was not working (Precinct 16 Ward 22) people were angry because they had to slide their ballots through a slot with the statement that they would be run through another machine later.
Also one fight broke out over a pregnant lady trying to take cuts because she said she couldn't stand that long. Voters felt she should have early or absentee voted because the poll workers were trying to give her some courtesy.
wusa9: Republican John McCain Casts Ballot : Republican John McCain has cast his ballot at a church near his centr..
Dayngr: I actually had a little trouble @ the polls today. My name was missing from the list and the computer. They had to call in!
dreaminaction @ElectionPatrol I was offered a magnification sheet and assistance if I needed it. 4 minutes ago from web in reply to ElectionPatrol
UPDATE (from Armetta Parker's Phone):
Here's my experience in Montgomery County, MD Election Precinct 13-47
Early voters took 3.5 hrs from start of line to completing vote. It took me 2.5 hrs.
election workers were going through the line escorting anyone with a disability, pregnant, needing to sit or go inside to use the restrooms to come inside. They let Moms with babies come inside to wait and actually started asking folks in line if they would allow someone waiting to go ahead of them.
Once it started raining they looped the line differently to allow folks to have some cover; this was actually a better option for people with disabilities because it put most of the line on the accessible portion of the building entrance vs. having to separate people with disabilities to get them in.
the hold up was not voting booths; but having an adequate number of e-polling books to register people. poll watchers monitoring wait times convinced the election commission to let the judges use the "emergency" back up polling book. That made total of three and helped speed up the voting time.
Given the number of folks with visual impairment; I'm going to assume they had a screen reader polling station. This was my first time voting at this location( I know at previous polling locations they have). I did see a polling booth on a lowered table for someone with a physical disability.