Rate your voting experience, crowdsourced by MyFairElection

There’s a new twist on election day—giving feedback on your voting experience.  U.S. citizens voting in today’s election can share what it was like at their polling location using MyFairElection.

MyFairElection.com is a crowd sourced election monitoring platform created by faculty at Harvard Kennedy School with support from LegiNation, Inc. and a group of dedicated citizens. It enables voters to take an active role in monitoring their polling places and in improving the quality of elections and ballot access in the United States.

“It’s like Yelp for democracy,” said Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center. “By being open to participation by all voters—be their poll experience positive or negative—the participation level and resulting data set could far exceed more tightly controlled efforts that rely on physically present poll monitors or voting problem hotlines.”

MyFairElection empowers voters to take a more active role in monitoring their polling places and in improving the quality of elections and ballot access in the United States, according to an article on the Hardvard Kennedy School site.

The MyFairElection platform aims to provide free election monitoring data. Government agencies, journalists, voter protection groups, and citizens will have open access to the data set after the election, with the hope to improve the electoral process.

In order to gather the data, MyFairElection needs voters to help compile feedback. I gave my polling location 4-stars and logged an 18:30 minute wait time. (Yes, I timed it.) Share your feedback at MyFairElection.com.

Originally posted on opensource.com and reposted using Creative Commons.

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Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager for Opensource.com--a publication and story-telling platform for open source communities. At night, he wears a cape, and is a captain for the Open Raleigh brigade, as well as a co-chair for NC Open Pass. Jason is the author of a book called The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and citizens interested in improving their government through civic hacking. While writing the book, he discovered his unknown super power of building communities of passionate people. Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two kids, two border collies, chickens, lots of tomato plants, and a lazy raccoon somewhere in an oak tree. In his copious spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, gardening, traveling, watching football, sampling craft beer, and participating in local government--not necessarily in that order, but close to it. You can follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets
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