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Subject: Romney campaign's complete collapse Date: 11/13/2012 1:22 PM
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This is floating around and it's on PA, but you'll really want to read it, no matter what your political leanings. The Romney campaign had a massive organizational and technical failure during election week. The first article, here, describes some of it:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mitt-romneys-campaign-complete...

The Romney campaign sent its volunteers the wrong training information, failed to provide volunteers with information about where they were supposed to be on Election Day, and stopped responding to phone calls and emails in the final two weeks of the campaign. (...) The Romney team neglected to adequately account for and organize the essential human element necessary to any grassroots undertaking. Thus when its technological efforts failed, the campaign was left without a Plan B*, and its volunteers were forced to fly blind at the moment the campaign needed them most.

* And we don't mean emergency contraception!


Within that article is a link to another article written by a Romney volunteer:

http://www.businessinsider.com/romney-project-orca-disaster-...


Working primarily as a web developer, I had some serious questions. Things like "Has this been stress tested?", "Is there redundancy in place?" and "What steps have been taken to combat a coordinated DDOS attack or the like?", among others. These types of questions were brushed aside (truth be told, they never took one of my questions). They assured us that the system had been relentlessly tested and would be a tremendous success.

They expected 75-80 year old veteran volunteers to print out 60+ pages on their home computers? The night before election day? (...)

At 6:30AM on Tuesday, I went to the polls. I was immediately turned away because I didn't have my poll watcher certificate. Many, many people had this problem. The impression I got was this was taken care of because they had "registered me". Others were as well. But apparently, I was supposed to go on my own to a Victory Center to pick it up, but that was never communicated properly.

I called their official help line. It went unanswered. I tried their legal line. Same thing. I emailed them. No response. I continued to do this for six straight hours and never got a response. I even tried to call three local victory centers. All went straight to voicemail. (...)

The problem is that they didn't auto-forward the regular "http" to "https" and as a result, many people got a blank page and thought the system was down. Setting up forwarding is the simplest thing in the world and only takes seconds, but they failed to do it.




Yeah, I want these guys in the West Wing.
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