YouTube seeks US election day videos

5 Nov 2012

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YouTube wants to hear from Americans who are heading to the polls tomorrow to elect either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney as the next US president. The video-sharing site is calling on voters to submit their election day videos.

We want to see and hear from you tomorrow,” Olivia Ma, of YouTube News & Politics wrote on The Official YouTube Blog.

“Whether you’re vlogging about which candidate you support, capturing footage of the long line at your polling place, or encouraging your friends to get out of the house and go vote, we’re inviting you to send us your election day videos. You can either tweet them to @YouTubePolitics or include #YouTubePolitics in the video title, and a selection will be featured on the YouTube Elections Hub.”

Ma also advises voters to check their state laws regarding what activities are permitted at polling stations, and to consult the Citizen Media Law Project’s Documenting Your Vote project before bringing a camera to a polling station.

Once voters cast their ballots, they can watch returns on the YouTube Elections Hub, which will feature live coverage from ABC News, Al Jazeera, Larry King, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Phil DeFranco, Univision, and The Wall Street Journal.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic