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How Orca's failure may have cost Mitt Romney thousands of votes
For those who don’t know, Orca was an application developed by the Mitt Romney campaign to help volunteers. Essentially, it let them check off who had already voted and who hadn’t. This allowed for things like projections and volunteers know who they needed to call to get more votes in.
Granted, there aren’t a whole lot of people out there who respond to being constantly called by campaign volunteers. However, if done on the right day, like election day, it might have bolstered a small percentage of people to get up and go vote.
So what happened with Mitt Romney’s Project Orca?
If it is any indication, a trademark quote from those involved was, “Orca is lying on the beach with a harpoon in it.” If that gives you any indication of how well it actually went. According to The Verge, the app was a monumental disaster.
There were just a myriad of issues. People trying to log into the app were having their pins rejected. Orca actually crashed on election day for half an hour during the heat of the voting day. It eventually crashed altogether. According to the Huffington Post there were duplicates checklist items and FAQ answers that didn’t match the questions. It was a total mess.
The big question is whether or not Orca affected Mitt Romney’s chances of success. It’s very likely that it didn’t affect the overall outcome of the election. However, every vote counts and you just never know when even a a few thousand votes will matter. Do you think projects like Orca will play a more major roll in future elections? Let us know your thoughts.