Not all livestreams are on YouTube. Various municipalities have opted for home surveillance cameras Arizona’s hotly watched Maricopa County employs Google’s Nest to retain an eye on the counting (you can check out here). Washington’s King County installed cameras not too distinct from retail store surveillance devices (you can view listed here). And Union County in New Jersey uses the Angelcam application, a cloud surveillance tool (you can watch below).
Arizona is a peek into the long run of livestreaming vote counts. In 2019, Arizona’s condition legislature passed a regulation that expected election officers to “provide for a reside video clip recording of the custody of all ballots whilst the ballots are existing in a tabulation place in the counting middle.”
Panda cam, this is not. Though zoo livestreams have received level of popularity as calming, escapist home windows of cuteness, there are bigger stakes below. Certain, looking at election officials sift by and type ballots may be some people’s definition of “soothing,” but the purpose—being clear and guaranteeing the validity and precision of election results—is very distinctive, and most likely much more nail-biting than comforting for viewers.
Why is it important? Vote tabulation was rarely deemed some thing the community experienced to see, but for the duration of this year’s contentious election, voters and politicos alike fret about fraud to the extent that the authenticity of each and every vote and counting process is less than scrutiny. (It bears repeating: reports have consistently shown that voter fraud is just about nonexistent.) Election officers are hoping that these livestreams will make certain voter self-assurance and counter any fraud allegations.
Philadelphia is ground zero for vote livestreaming: In late Oct, the Trump campaign was proven to be participating in voter intimidation in the town by videotaping voters as they dropped off their ballots at specified centers. Trump exacerbated the condition by suggesting that “bad issues happen” in Philadelphia. The stakes ended up upped last Wednesday, when the Supreme Court ruled that mail-in ballots would rely so extensive as they have been postmarked by Election Day, even if they arrived later. Philadelphia’s role in what is arguably the most contested point out in the nation is massive: the town leans Democrat and could thrust the state’s electoral votes toward Biden. It’s no surprise, then, that Philadelphia became the concentration of rigorous scrutiny.
The Business of Philadelphia’s City Commissioners went on the offense on Tuesday night: