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Voters Document Experience at the Polls on the Web

A spectrum of voting experiences, from first-time thrills to long lines, have been documented by a thousand voters across the country on YouTube's Video Your Vote project, a collaboration with PBS and the NewsHour. Kwame Holman reports on the experiment.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    And now a different perspective on voting and sharing the experience through technology. Again, Kwame Holman has our report.

  • KWAME HOLMAN:

    Krysta Jones set out today armed with a 5.5-ounce flip video camera to document the voting experience in tightly contested Virginia.

    Jones, an Obama supporter, trawled the line that snaked around her polling place, where the wait grew to about two hours by midmorning.

    Five hours after taping, Jones sent her first posting to YouTube.

  • KRYSTA JONES, Video Your Vote:

    And why did you decide to come out and vote today?

  • VOTER:

    Especially being a woman, and as little as less than 200 years ago women didn't have the right to vote, and so it's important to get out and vote for your choice for president in any election.

  • KWAME HOLMAN:

    Jones is one of 1,000 participants in a first-time joint venture of YouTube and PBS called Video Your Vote, an effort to share online the pleasures and problems of Election Day 2008.

  • KRYSTA JONES:

    I really thought it was great how we were able to capture different voters' experiences.

    I mean, you have someone from Sudan that's a first-time voter. You have a young person that's a first-time voter. And you have African-Americans, Asian-Americans. And I just think it was just really great to find out more behind those people that we see standing in line and why they chose to participate in this election.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The Flip camera you're holding right now is a powerful tool to document.