PDAs Used in the US Presidential Campaign
A recent article on BoingBoing.net talks about how PDAs are being used in the US Presidential Campaign. Parties are deploying handheld computers to record data and make canvassers more effective on the road.
The article talks about how campaigns are requesting donations to pay for PDAs as well as using them in the neighborhoods on door to door operations by canvassers.
The blog entry notes...
The latest RNC newsletter urges a contribution of $200, which it said "will pay for a PDA to help our canvassers contact Republican voters quickly accurately" and notes that "the RNC is shipping 3,000 out to volunteer captains."
Democratic canvassing operations in Florida have been using them to enter data at houses about voters. They use them to store maps of neighborhoods. This helps them control their databases and collect information more efficiently.
Also, when contacted voters reveal their preferences and begin discussing what issues are important to them, some of the canvassers use the PDAs to show commercials and videos that specifically target the things voters are discussing.
The US Election will be held on Tuesday Nov 2nd.
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