U.S. Elections: Video Your Vote

In the Video Your Vote project, YouTube and PBS are asking U.S. citizens to video their polling stations today. They are hoping for citizen journalism-style updates as well as recording of problems at polling stations.

From the Video Your Vote website:

“Wait – are you really allowed to take video at the polls??”

Most states do allow you to film at your polling place. However, some states expressly prohibit videotaping and others have strict rules about how close you can tape near a polling place. For information on your area, visit http://www.citmedialaw.org/legal-guide/documenting-your-vote

In any location, basic rules of decency apply (don’t film others without consent, and don’t campaign for any particular candidate), but documenting your experience at the polling place in most places is as much a right as voting itself.

We encourage participants to think creatively – videos don’t necessarily have to be taken at the polling place, they just need to be related to the topic of voting.

For a complete look at voter documentation laws, watch this primer from the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKhTNNXJIJQ.

The Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society has put together this primer for legally videotaping the vote:

Hat tip to Jim Parsons who told me about this project.

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