There are widespread concerns throughout the nation about potential problems at polling places this November, especially in states that have enacted or attempted to enact voter ID laws. There are also fears of voter-intimidation tactics, in which some people show up to the polls and attempt to dissuade voters from casting their ballots or try to influence their votes. Unfortunately, there also instances of malfunctioning voting equipment or just plain incompetence, in which volunteer election workers don’t know what they’re doing. Well, if you experience any or all of these types of problems on November 6, there’s a website you can go to post your concerns and complaints and rate your polling experience: MyFairElection.com.
The idea for MyFairElection.com, Fung said, came from the 2000 Presidential Election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. There were numerous reports during that election about voting irregularities and intimidation tactics. “We realize that an entire election can hinge” on these types of issues, Fung said.
If enough people use the site and rate their polling places on November 6, MyFairElection.com not only will help voters and election officials identify problem precincts, but also will show which ones are doing a good job. The map will be color-coded for each precinct: red for a one-star rating up to green for a five-star rating.
MyFairElection.com also provides basic info, such as the location of your individual voting place (just type in your address). And if you sign-up on the site before Election Day, MyFairElection.com will email you a reminder to vote on November 6.
Update: Alameda County Voter Registrar Dave MacDonald also said today that voters who experience problems at their polling places on Tuesday can call the registrar's office. Phone numbers will be provided at each polling place in the county, he said.