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 What is twittervotereport?


Welcome to the Twitter Vote Report wiki.  This the place where you can find out how to help make this project a huge success.  All of our remaining tasks are listed below, so find one that works for you.  But first:


Get Connected

Follow twitter.com/votereport

on IRC!: #votereport on freenode

Campfire: email wgray [at] zetetic [dot] net for an invite

Volunteer Coordinator: mattcooperrider AT gmail DOT com

Google Group

Facebook Group

Contacts List




How You Can Help

We have three volunteer categories, each with its own ways to get involved.  Click on any project to find out how to plug in.





We've already got our data stream flowing.  Now we need visionary visualizers who can take that feed and make it come alive

Map Stories

What would you like to see our maps do?



Click here to add your project to the list or to help us with documentation.


If viz isn't your thing, check out these other projects


Sweeper Interface

We'll have volunteers on election day turning useless, mangled tweets and SMS into useful structured data.  They need an interface.


API and Backend

This is all in place, though we could use a volunteer sysadmin.


Completed Projects



iPhone App

Our iPhone App was submitted to the App Store on Monday, October 27th. We'll let you know when it's ready for download!

We need your help getting the word out on election day and before. 


Map Stories

What would you like to see our maps do?


Volunteer Kit

One-stop shopping before you hit the ground on election day.  Get equipped with t-shirts, flyers, and knowledge.  The kit still needs to be designed!  Click to help out.

Press Room | Media Outreach | Press Release

Plug into our press startegy.  Help us perfect our press releases and make sure we're reaching as much media as possible.



We've got plans in the works for one or more videos to get the word out, and to teach people how to make a votereport


All our materials should be in Spanish at least, and whatever other languages we can muster. 

Completed Projects


Site Design

Our homesite is up and running.  Click here to offer feedback.

Sweepers are our eyes and ears on election day - cleaning up data, discovering patterns, and generally keeping the info flowing

Map Stories

What would you like to see our maps do?


User stories

Our developers have beautiful minds, but sometimes they have trouble thinking like you and me.  Help write "user stories" about how votereport will actually be used by its target audience, so that our developers can build something that meets real needs.


Data Cleanup

Not a glamorous job, but crucial to getting quality information to those who need it.


Super Tweeters

Do you plan to roam from poll to poll on election day, sending excellent tweets?  We want to know about you, so we can watch your data.


Control Tower

We'll have a special channel for trusted volunteers and partners on election day.






About VoteReport


On November 4th 2008, millions of Americans will go to over 200,000 distinct voting locations and using different systems and machinery to vote.  Some voters will have a terrific experiences, and others will experience the same problems  we have been hearing about for years - long lines, broken machines, inaccurate voting rolls, and others will experience problems that we haven't heard about before. Using either Twitter.com, iPhone, direct SMS, or our telephone hotlines, voters will have a new way to share these experiences with one another and ensure that the media and watchdog groups are aware of any problems. 


As news outlets and blogs will report on Election Day stories, we are building an invaluable resource for thousands of voters to get immediate help. From questions like "where do I vote" or "how do I make sure that my rights are being upheld," Twitter Voter Report augments these efforts by providing a new way for voters to send text messages (aka tweets) via cellphones or computers which will  be aggregated and mapped so that everyone can see the Nation's voting problems  in real-time. 


Imagine a nationwide web map with pins identifying every zip code where Americans are waiting over 30 minutes to vote or indicating those election districts where the voting machines are not working. Collectively we will inform each other when when the lines too long and ensure that media and watchdog groups know where problems exist.


Four Ways to Use VoteReport


  • Twitter: include #votereport and other tags (below) to describe the scene on the ground
  • SMS: Send text messages to 66937 starting with the keyword #votereport plus other hash tags (below)
  • iPhone: We expect to have an iPhone App in the App Store by election day
  • Phone: Call our automated system to report about conditions, using any touch-tone phone


And if you would like to talk to a human to report bad conditions you've observed, please call our partner 1-866-OUR-VOTE.


How VoteReport will work


Anyone with a Twitter.com account can use their cell phones or their computers to send a message and notify voters and election monitors around the country. Watch the Apps page for new developments, and join the discussion at #votereport on freenode


Your tweet needs to include:


  1. The universal tag (or hashtag) #votereport 
  2. For individuals with serious legal issues or someone you know is being prevented from voting - Tweet #EP{two-letter state code} - e.g. #EPNY for New York, #EPOH for Ohio - and a brief message about your problem, and we'll tweet back with next steps.  We have a whole coalition of voting experts supporting us.
  3. Tag for additional issues:
  • #machine - use this tag to signal a problem with a voting machine
  • #registration - use this tag to signal problems with the registration process, people being turned away for paperwok reasons
  • #wait:time - use this tag to signal a long wait.  Add a colon and the wait time in minutes - e.g. #wait:30 for half an hour, #wait:120 for two hours.



Your message

We will have real human volunteers reading the messages as well.  Please add additional details to your tweet, or report anything that can't be captured with the hashtags above.  Remember, you must always at least include the #votereport tag, or we'll never find your tweet.


To delve deeper into the our system of hashtags, visit the Hashtags page.  That's where we'll work out any additional tags that might be useful.  But remember, we only have a short time before election day and we need to keep things simple. 

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