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Effort relaunched to monitor, record problems at LI, NYC polling sites

Nonprofit groups are promoting the relaunch of a Web app they say is aimed at helping Long Islanders and New York City residents report poll problems on Election Day, which is Tuesday.

The app, called PollWatchUSA, which went into operation in 2012, is described as a crowd-sourcing tool (Web talk for taking information and other content from a large number of people).

Common Cause, the New York Civil Liberties Union, a self-described “social impact” firm called Reboot and WebSava are collaborating.

Those interested can reach PollWatchUSA by going to pollwatch.us.

From the announcement released yesterday, here's how it works:

Voters click "Report a Problem" and fill out an easy set of multiple-choice questions to identify the issue. Once submitted, the form will be reviewed by election protection workers at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), who will relay the information to the local Board of Elections if necessary to address problems. In the event of an emergency, PollWatchUSA offers the option to connect voters to the Election Protection hotline where they can receive immediate assistance.

"Election Day is often hampered by inefficiency and confusion, leaving voters with little recourse. PollWatchUSA was conceived to help voters report problems in real time, by putting the tool in the palm of their hands. Through crowd sourcing, Common Cause/NY hopes to collect a broad data set to better identify the issues and help create a more effective elections administration system," said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause/NY.
 

The website is linked here.

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