One Person. One Vote. One Tweet.
On November 4, 2008, a voter in Atlanta, Georgia used his cell phone to send a brief but important text message about what he was experiencing at his polling place: "It took over three hours and it wasn't pleasant #machine #registration".
Meanwhile, a voter in Columbia, South Carolina, known as User 29203, was texting a message via cell phone: "three hour wait time, voting booths breaking down, not enough booths or poll workers...29203."
These messages and approximately 11,000 others like them were instantly aggregated by the Twitter Vote Report. Each message was mapped, and monitored by the media and watchdog groups, like the Election Protection Coalition (EPC). "We quickly relayed reports of problems to individuals working in the field in that location," says Eric Marshall, a member of the EPC and campaign manager for the National Campaign for Fair Elections.