Experiencing abnormally long lines at the polls? Voting machines down at an early voting site? Confusing rumors swirling on Facebook about mail-in ballots or robocalls with ominous Election Day threats?
We want to know about it.
The Tampa Bay Times is partnering with ProPublica to track voting abnormalities and election misinformation in Florida. The two news organizations will vet your reader-submitted tips to provide real-time reporting on problems at the polls and debunk inaccurate information tied to voting.
Here's how you can help sign up:
- Text message: 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
- Facebook Messenger: Go to m.me/electionland.
- Twitter: Tag @Electionland.
Don't wait until Election Day. Voting by mail has already begun in Florida and early voting will commence shortly. We are especially interested in any misinformation that may be circulating in the Panhandle regarding changes in voting practices due to Hurricane Michael, or any voters who believe they were wrongfully removed from the voter rolls.
Newsrooms around the country will be collaborating with ProPublica, a nonprofit journalism organization, on this project.
"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," ProPublica said. "Local journalists around the country reported 400 stories and helped bring attention to voting problems that were fixed before polls closed. We want to do it again, and we need your help."