We're looking to you to help populate an online map identifying problems at the polls Tuesday. The community will report issues at polling places; we'll also be listening and reporting on major issues you've helped identify.
Here's how it works: We've set up a page on Crowdmap, located at augvote2010.crowdmap.com. We receive information for the map through various channels: e-mails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, tweets with the hashtag #augvote and the webform located at augvote2010.crowdmap.com.
The information must contain the polling location, the issue and any details. You can add a photo or video. The categories of problems include but aren't limited to: long wait, voting machine problem, refused a ballot and campaigning at polls.
Approved reports will show up on the map and in the list of reports. You'll also see a category called "trusted reports" -- if you see that category on the map, it means a news story has been written about that location. The report will have a link to the news story. You'll see some links on the side of the Crowdmap page, but you'll find full election coverage at augustachronicle.com.
Share your thoughts over e-mail or on Twitter after you try it out Tuesday.
I'd love to hear feedback on this first-time project.
We're not the only ones trying new things for elections. The Richmond County Board of Elections is tweeting wait times. Its Twitter handle is @ARCBOE.
If you're on Foursquare, voting Tuesday can get you a badge. The location-based social network will also show a map of people checking in to vote at elections.foursquare.com. The map goes live Tuesday.