Through a partnership with six national organizations (Google News Lab, public radio station WNYC, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, First Draft, Univision, and USA Today Network), the Electionland project verifies information on problems at the polls and pushes it out to appropriate local news partners. Though most American voters won’t go to the polls until November, Electionland began tracking issues this week.
Data comes from Twitter, Facebook, Google Search Trends, as well as phone call records from the Election Protection hotline, a project by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. More than 300 reporters have signed up to receive intel, and citizens can also sign up to cue Electionland into their experiences at the poll. ProPublica also launched Election Databot, a tool through which reporters can receive updates or search a database of campaign finance filings, vote activity, new polls, and other important details concerning candidates for federal office.