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City of Detroit produced a lookup tables for its absentee precincts in 2016. It's in Excel. But wait for it: the values are CLIP ART.
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OpenElections 17 Apr 17
Replying to @kissane
exactly.
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OpenElections 17 Apr 17
Replying to @openelex
This is definitely a real file. For those wondering, if you save this file as CSV the clip art images get lost in the process.
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Jacob Alperin-Sheriff 17 Apr 17
Replying to @openelex
This isn't a joke?
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OpenElections 17 Apr 17
Replying to @DemocraticLuntz
depends on your perspective, i guess.
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Jacob Alperin-Sheriff 17 Apr 17
Replying to @openelex
this is still stretching belief.
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OpenElections 17 Apr 17
Replying to @DemocraticLuntz
welcome to our world.
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OpenElections 17 Apr 17
Replying to @voicechip
we'd love your help on some of our more pressing issues!
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Matthew Taylor 17 Apr 17
Replying to @openelex
Is this real
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OpenElections 17 Apr 17
Replying to @sokerfreak
We struggle to think who would make something like this up. It's real.
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Simon Rogers 17 Apr 17
Replying to @openelex
So you end up with an empty spreadsheet?
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OpenElections 17 Apr 17
Replying to @smfrogers
no, you get the stuff that isn't clip art:
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OpenElections 17 Apr 17
Replying to @djakelambert
Someone (a city employee) didn't need to spend hours on it for it to be useful.
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Dana Chisnell 17 Apr 17
Replying to @openelex
You could volunteer to help people in the Detroit elections department, or you could actually apply for a job in the city/county government.
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OpenElections 17 Apr 17
Replying to @danachis
We could, but our project is already an all-volunteer one, and this is a matter for the people of Detroit and their government.
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OpenElections 17 Apr 17
Replying to @danachis
We are in regular contact with local elections officials and our focus is on obtaining and standardizing election results.
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Dana Chisnell 17 Apr 17
Replying to @openelex
Shaming them on twitter is not the ideal way to get a vastly under resourced government agency to help you in *your* goals.
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OpenElections 17 Apr 17
Replying to @danachis
Appreciate the advice. Usable public information should be the goal of every government agency.
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Dana Chisnell 17 Apr 17
Replying to @openelex
If I saw this, and I worked in any elections office in the country, I would stop taking your calls and returning your emails.
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Dana Chisnell 17 Apr 17
Replying to @openelex
The goal of government agencies is to serve their constituents to the best of their ability.
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