88Nine Radio Milwaukee is participating in Electionland, a ProPublica project that will cover access to the ballot and problems that prevent people from exercising their right to vote during the 2016 election.
If you had any issues voting, let us know by texting ELECTIONLAND to 69866. Issues can include voter intimidation, long wait times, voting machine problems, etc. You can also tweet any issues using the hashtag #Electionland. Or you can use this form.
What is ELECTIONLAND?
Electionland is a project to track and cover voting problems during the 2016 election, across the country and in real-time. The need to cover the vote is particularly urgent this election cycle, as states have passed laws that could affect citizens’ access to the ballot box, and one of the presidential candidates has cast doubt on the validity of the system.
How it works?
We have created a pop-up newsroom staffed by about 700 journalists and journalism students. It will find and authenticate social media posts, and sift through Google Trends data, SMS and WhatsApp messages, and reports from the national nonpartisan election monitoring group Election Protection. The newsroom will write stories and pass story leads to hundreds of local reporters.
Those reporters — numbering about 400 from more than 250 news organizations — will get real-time alerts about problems happening at polling locations in their coverage areas. Tips will be shared as they occur so that coverage and action can happen before the polls close.
Read more below.
Below is the Electionland Google Trends map. This map displays polling information that’s happening in Wisconsin and around the country. The map includes the most relevant search terms around the following voting issues.
- Provisional ballots status (where your vote is accepted but only counted in certain circumstances)
- Long wait times at polling stations
- Inactive voter status i.e., searches for voters were considered “inactive” if there were issues delivering their ballot paper.
- Voting machine issues.
- Voter intimidation at polling places, centered around searches for “how to report” possible intimidation.
You can learn more about this map here.