Use cameraphones to help protect the vote
October 31st, 2008

Be a Vote Chaser with The UpTake:
Protect the Vote With Your Camera Phone – Here’s How

Do you have a video-enabled camera phone (iPhone, Nokia N95, etc.)? Here’s how you can help protect the vote on election day! Join The UpTake and the “Video the Vote” coalition’s effort to make sure every vote counts. Reports of voter intimidation and disfranchisement are already coming in from around the country. Remedial actions need to be taken immediately, so time is of the essence. Live streaming video from your cell phone is the most effective way to protect the vote.

Here’s how you can add your phone to our network of eyes and ears across the country now through Election Day, in just 15 minutes.

Sign up with Video The Vote, so you can get alerts about voter protection in your community:

See if you have a compatible phone here:

The iPhone and iPhone 3G are both supported but they will need to be jailbroken. (That sounds bad, but it’s not. It’s a relatively simple procedure that’s easy to reverse after Election Day.)

Instructions on how to jailbreak: Choose which tutorial fits your operating system and iPhone version.

Then follow these instructions from Qik:

Signup with Qik: You will receive a text message on the your phone that will install and activate Qik on your phone. Qik is a standalone application on your phone. It’s very easy to use and will walk you through the settings. If you need help call (877) 745-7459 or email

Make sure you are signed into Go to the following link and click on “Attend this Event”. It’s near the middle of the left hand column.

Immediately email with a link to your Qik page and where you will be located on Election day. Qik pages are always:

Spread the word to others with camera phones!

Use Qik on your phone to live stream any voter intimidation or any other questionable election-related activity. Your footage will be archived on Qik for our editors to distribute. Make sure all your streams are set to PUBLIC within the Qik settings.

After any incident, email as soon as possible with your Qik username and a description of what happened (where, who, how, why, etc)

Contact if you have any questions related to election day live streaming voter protection.

Our editors will grab your footage to use for wider distribution, either raw or as part of an edited report at You will be fully credited so make sure you put any information that needs to be cited in your email to (full name, your own site, etc).

We are also looking for taped pieces through and immediately after election day. If you are interested in submitting a taped piece please contact with the subject line: ELECTION DAY VIDEOS followed by your location.

Thanks for helping to protect the integrity of our elections.

Jason, Chris, Chuck, Noah, Mike, Jennifer, Suzanne, Leif, and the entire UpTake crew

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