Early voting in North Carolina is well underway. On Election Day thousands will wait until the last minute, and there will be trained election monitors at polling stations to make sure people are given every legal opportunity to vote. This year many will be armed with a mobile application – or app – to record in real time any voting irregularities across the state.
“Election Collection” is the brain child of Sarah Moncelle with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, “Here at the office on Election Day, as the volunteers are inputting the reports, they get updated in real time to the database and also to the map so we can sort of see spatially where the patterns are. ”
Tag: Data collected from the app will be used to determine if additional staff or volunteers should be sent to particular polling locations, and also shared with groups who are monitoring the effects of North Carolina’s new voting law. More information on the midterm election can be found at NCVOTERGUIDE.ORG
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice worked with several partner groups to train volunteers on using the app. It will enable them to collect personalized accounts of issues at the polls, as well as any examples of voter suppression. Moncelle says it’s another tool for voters, in addition to the voting hotlines that are available, “The hotlines are a way for people to report what’s happening, find out their rights, find out their polling location. This app is more for like specifically documenting so that we have a more detailed documentation we can use to show the negative effects.”
On Election Day, because of North Carolina’s new voting law, there is no same-day registration and you must vote at your assigned precinct since no provisional ballots will be offered for out-of-precinct voting. You are not required to have a state issued photo ID.