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Calling all Citizens: You Have a Right to Record

Today is a day we can (and should) all be journalists, especially if we witness voter suppression. Here’s how to do it safely. 

Free Press:

Video the Vote is a nonpartisan effort to train thousands of people to document any instances of voter suppression and disenfranchisement at polling places across the U.S. The group is particularly interested in finding people who can livestream from swing states where there is a heightened concern about ongoing voter-suppression efforts (see a full list of target counties here). Video the Vote is even offering a $100 stipend to volunteers.

If you’re planning to record from a polling place or interview voters, it’s important you know your rights and understand local laws. Video the Vote has put together a great set of resources to help citizen journalists. A few key points from the group’s Election Day Code of Conduct include:

  • Observe and document; don’t influence.
  • Remain a legal distance from the polling place.
  • Get permission from voters before you film them.
  • Never argue with a poll worker.

Before you head out, contact Barni Qaasim at Video the Vote at barni@videothevote.org for more information and to connect with other citizen journalists in your area.

Harvard’s Digital Media Law Project has an excellent and detailed legal guide to documenting the vote.

FJP: Go vote! Be smart. And be fearless.

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Video The Vote!

Sign up here: http://videothevote.org/sign_up and join the thousands who are documenting the election in their community this year.

If you encounter a problem at your polling place be prepared to use your smart phone to document what is happening and then share that content on your YouTube, Twitter, Instagram or Ustream account by using #VideoTheVote so our team can follow your stories. Keep watch on democracy this election.

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Jason Carne provided us with this amazing look at his final work and the early pen sketch he started with. Stunning example of his hand drawn work and passion to make sure people #govote!

Tomorrow is election day. Click here to find your polling station and share these images with your friends to make sure they #GoVote as well.

For more #govote images and to submit your own go to: govote.org

Eliza Cerdeiros says Get Up and Vote!

Tomorrow is election day. Click here to find your polling station and share these images with your friends to make sure they #GoVote as well.

For more #govote images and to submit your own go to: govote.org 

Mitchell MacNaughton illustrates President Obama and Mitt Romney for his #GoVote piece 

Tomorrow is election day. Click here to find your polling station and share these images with your friends to make sure they #GoVote as well.

For more #govote images and to submit your own go to: govote.org 

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