Ict Failures in Gotv for Us Presedential Elections

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Interim Report ICT use in Getting out the Vote in recent US Presidential Elections: A Tale of Two Solutions. Xxxxxxxxxxxxx (for module ISM106) December 13, 2012 Contents. 1.0 Background and Objectives………………………………………………..3 2.0 Literature Search and Methodology………………………………………4 3.0 GOTV - The Problem Domain…………………………………………….5 4.0 Timetable……………………………………………………………………7 5.0 References…………………………………………………………………..8 “Good judgment comes from experience, but a lot of that comes from bad judgment”. Will Rogers, American Humorist (1879-1935). 1.0 Background and Objectives. Getting out the vote (GOTV) is a very important activity in an election campaign. Within a typical polling precinct, campaign…show more content…
Technophilia More or better technology prevents or fixes problems. Idolisation ICT is idolised and seen as leading to great benefits. Lomanism Feigned or genuine belief of IT suppliers in the excellence of their products. Managerial Faddism New management or structures bring benefits and prevent/fix problems. Originally conceived for failed projects in the public sector, both these models will be tested for their relevance outside that arena. 3.0 GOTV – The problem domain. Using the diagram below, the GOTV operations at a typical precinct can be explained. The activities highlighted in red are those that were targeted by the Obama 2008 and the Romney 2012 campaigns for ICT solutions. Summaries of both these efforts are presented below. 3.1 Obama’s 2008 Project Houdini. In 2008, the Obama campaign unveiled a revolutionary new program called Houdini that would magically make the names of those who had already voted disappear from the GOTV lists. The program - which was only reserved for precincts that the Obama campaign deemed most crucial - was surprisingly low-tech [3]. There would be a poll watcher and poll reporter assigned to each targeted precinct. The poll

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