Decreased data storage costs, ever-rising mobile device ownership rates, and campaign assemblages’ unprecedented reliance on actual human beings to transmit personalized political messages to voters have all combined to position mobile data collection as an essential option and logical next step for social and political groups of every persuasion. Given the new challenges inherent to post-Shelby County legal arguments, nonpartisan voting rights groups in particular are well positioned to adopt and pioneer such data collection tools in service to anti-voter suppression work. To that end, Southern Coalition for Social Justice presents Election Collection, a data gathering initiative that uses a customized location-based mobile data collection app to report, track, and rapidly respond to voting irregularities and instances of voter suppression at polling places for the 2014 General Election….
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