With Nov. 6 fast approaching, the Virginia Mercury is partnering with ProPublica’s Electionland collaborative journalism project to help shine a light on problems that might prevent people from voting.
That means we want to hear about long lines, registration problems, purged voter rolls, broken machines, voter intimidation and changed voting locations in Virginia.
Here’s how to send in tips:
- SMS: Send the word VOTE, VOTA (for Spanish) or 投票 (for Chinese) to 81380 (standard text message rates apply).
- WhatsApp: Send the word VOTE, VOTA (for Spanish) or 投票 (for Chinese) to 1-850-909-8683.
- Facebook Messenger: Go to m.me/electionland.
- Or you can use the online form at the end of this post.
In 2016, the Electionland coalition went through thousand of tips from a legal call center hotline, as well as thousands of text messages and social media posts.
Local journalists around the country reported 400 stories and helped bring attention to voting problems that were fixed before polls closed.