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Romney’s Get Out the Vote Fiasco [A Revealing Read! "Monumental Failure"]
Commentary Magazine ^ | November 09, 2012 | Bethany Mandel

Posted on 11/09/2012 11:30:09 AM PST by Steelfish

Romney’s Get Out the Vote Fiasco Bethany Mandel 11.09.2012

The Wednesday before the election, Mitt Romney sent a special message to volunteers about a special project his campaign was working on: “With state of the art technology and an extremely dedicated group of volunteers, our campaign will have an unprecedented advantage on election day.” What is it they say about something that sounds too good to be true? It probably is. That was the case with the Romney campaign’s “Project ORCA.”

The idea behind Project ORCA was simple, albeit far too complex in execution. Romney’s Boston headquarters wanted a way to track who had been to the polls in swing states, and who had not. It was the most complicated GOTV (get out the vote) effort in GOP history. Volunteers in swing states would be assigned polling places. They would be given lists of every registered voter assigned to that polling location.

Those voters would be reported on to Boston via a web application when they arrived to vote, and if that failed, via phone or, as a last resort, voice. Volunteers were to log in to the application, use their assigned pin number and password, and begin reporting on voters who had come through their polling place by ID number. A source familiar with the campaign told me that Boston would initiate calls and visits to those who had not yet gotten to the polls.

The story of how monumental a failure Project ORCA was on Election Day was first reported by a volunteer, John Ekdahl, on the Ace of Spades blog. After tweeting the article, I was contacted by several other volunteers who were eager to explain in greater detail just how many things went wrong with Project Orca on Tuesday.

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1 posted on 11/09/2012 11:30:15 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

fed up of this crap, how about republicanvotes were not counted
110% turnout in Dem area

here is my county and it;s like this all over this part of the state.

http://enrnow.votesjc.com/FL/St_Johns/42920/111353/en/md.html?cid=0103

none of the results I;ve seen in WI, FL, NM,PA, OH, make any sense and I;ve gone county to county and seein some very over voting in Dem counties but liek my county we came out strong


2 posted on 11/09/2012 11:34:16 AM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Steelfish

Basically the entire GOTV operation was non existent.

Unbelievable. There are your missing votes. Even McCain people called me - about 3 times. I got not one call from Romney, because no one knew who voted.


3 posted on 11/09/2012 11:35:13 AM PST by nhwingut (Get out & Vote as if your life was on the line. Because it is.)
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To: Steelfish

Contrast this reporting with Axelrod’s admission he used the 2010 Census data to get out the Obama vote in 2012.

Was this election stolen? Is anyone challenging the legality of Axelrod’s approach?


4 posted on 11/09/2012 11:35:58 AM PST by research99
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To: research99

when 108% of a area turns out to vote.

YOU HAVE A PROBLEM!!!!

Now. it could have grown 8% assuming 100% of that area turned out.

OR YOU HAVE A PROBLEM!!!

Did anyone check?

Romney is pulling a Nixon with hopes of running again.


5 posted on 11/09/2012 11:43:48 AM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Steelfish
Here's the email I got re: Orca...

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Dear ####
I am contacting you to see if you would be interested in participating in a unique volunteer opportunity this Election Day.

I will be heading up the national command center on November 6th and I am looking for talented volunteers to help out in key states across the country.

With less than three weeks to go, I am making a final push to bring on a few more supporters to help with this project.

Volunteers will be at the polling place from open to close on November 6th. These volunteers will be relaying critical information in real time, back to our national command center here in Boston.

If you're interested - just fill out the form at www.mittromney.com/orca by midnight tonight, October 21st.

Thanks,

dc

Dan Centinello
Deputy National Political Director
Romney for President
centinello@mittromney.com
6 posted on 11/09/2012 11:46:47 AM PST by nhwingut (Get out & Vote as if your life was on the line. Because it is.)
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To: Steelfish

From what I’ve read, the Warren campaign in MA used something similar, with a database of pledged voters and observers with smart phones. If the pledged voter did not show, they sent a car to deliver that person to the polling place.


7 posted on 11/09/2012 11:51:57 AM PST by DBrow
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To: Steelfish

Look, Romney convinced me that HE is a VERY good man, and would have made a wonderful President. But the people whom he hired to manage his campaign were disasters. If they had run the “no holds barred” effort against the Punk that they did against Gingrich, Santorum and others, the Communists would have been beaten badly, at LEAST by 5-10%. The losers in his campaign staff should be quarantined during all future elections. And Christie should be drawn and quartered. What a big, fat fraud and waste of a human form. Bob


8 posted on 11/09/2012 11:55:11 AM PST by alstewartfan ("I'm a graduate of rock&roll, Class of '58!" Al Stewart)
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To: DBrow
If the pledged voter did not show, they sent a car to deliver that person to the polling place.

Or just sent someone to vote in their stead - no ID required in MA.

9 posted on 11/09/2012 11:57:22 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Steelfish
Thread on Breitbart's article about Orca here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2957375/posts

By the way, can someone tell me the HTML trick for posting a link?

10 posted on 11/09/2012 12:02:54 PM PST by stillonaroll
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To: Steelfish
Thousands of unregistered voters voted in this election. ORCA was hacked.. Probably by order of 0bama through one of his agencies (NSA, CIA, etc).

This election was doomed before it started. Why do we expect a FRAUD for President to preside over a VALID election?

11 posted on 11/09/2012 12:04:53 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: Steelfish

Do people really forget to vote and go to the polls after a stranger calls them to remind them?


12 posted on 11/09/2012 12:07:46 PM PST by wolfman23601
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To: alstewartfan

“the people whom he hired to manage his campaign were disasters.”

RINOmney hired and kept them.


13 posted on 11/09/2012 12:10:39 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international. Gone.)
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To: Steelfish

Nobody contacted me in the last three weeks before the election and I went and got my own yard sign.


14 posted on 11/09/2012 12:10:39 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: nhwingut
Basically the entire GOTV operation was non existent.

My daughter worked the GOTV for McCain and Romney in NH and they made three times as many phone calls this time than they did in '08. They revamped the whole way the calls are done and were feeling very pumped about it whenever I went in to pick her up and chatted with the people at the Victory Center. I'm still stunned at what happened based on what appeared to be going on in terms of excitement and the GOTV effort.

15 posted on 11/09/2012 12:10:46 PM PST by cantfindagoodscreenname (I really hate not knowing what was said in the deleted posts....)
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To: Steelfish
My gawd, this is a case study in how NOT to do something like this at all levels. Whoever came up with the implemention plan for this should never be allowed anywhere near systems development ever again. No load testing? Not testing PINs? Not allowing users in to get used to the system before election day? And even sweating the details -not triple-checking the poll opening times? A Mongolian CF if there ever was one - when you only have one day to make sure it's right.

I mean, cripes, what is so secret about what they were trying to do and how they were doing it? The Dems do this already. And I have a Dem co-worker who was using their GOTV system election day and she said they had been able to access it for some time and it ran very fast.

16 posted on 11/09/2012 12:16:09 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
ORCA was hacked..

From this article, ORCA was a completely brain-dead system implementation.

17 posted on 11/09/2012 12:17:43 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: Steelfish

I know. I was a volunteer/guinea pig/victim.

It was a total cluster for me. Complete waste of time.


18 posted on 11/09/2012 12:18:09 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: alstewartfan

Priebus should have resigned by now, this is all on him. Even Michael Steele would have done a better job than this nincompoop.


19 posted on 11/09/2012 12:20:10 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: manc; All
I really wish people would remember that when they go popping off about how "more than half of Americans are children who wanted to vote for Santa Claus."

No, less than half of them were. It's why the Dems had to cheat.

We outnumber them. If we didn't, they wouldn't need all that vote fraud. REMEMBER it next time you feel compelled to hold the majority of your fellow Americans in contempt for being "children," because your contempt is based on a false premise. A hell of a lot of them voted for communism, but we still outnumber them. Essentially, if all this vote fraud is real, as it likely is, then MOST of our fellow Americans are on our side.

The fact that Romney lost because he was a liberal, that fewer Republicans than the number that voted for McCain 4 years ago troubled to vote in a choice they apparently felt to be as ultimately profound as choosing between Coke and Pepsi. It tells me that a hell of a lot of Americans are craving a limited government party -- more than half of them.

But as usual, the Stupid Party is bent on chastizing and scolding the majority of our nation.

20 posted on 11/09/2012 12:21:47 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Steelfish
Didn't get out the vote in these Cleveland area precincts...compare the values on the x and y axes....these data are from the Cuyahoga precincts with 3 or LESS total votes for Romney !!


21 posted on 11/09/2012 12:27:44 PM PST by Nihil Sine Deo (Nothing Without God)
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To: Steelfish

I am not a registered Republican and I answered no polling calls. Yet, I never received one Democrat phone call or Democrat mailing. Why not? They saved a lot of time and money by not going after my vote. How did they know not to try? I didn’t donate any money under my name. Are they psychic? Nope. Once again, the Republicans got infiltrated. We don’t understand our enemies. What is their motivation? Why MUST they win?


22 posted on 11/09/2012 12:29:14 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: alstewartfan

Yep. Remember after the first debate when Romney’s wife and son took over the campaign? Now, there’s a great idea. Mrs. Romney is a wonderful lady, a great role model and very pretty, but running a Presidential campaign? Nope. Not a good idea.


23 posted on 11/09/2012 12:32:46 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: nhwingut

Does it really matter we got the Dick Obama so live with it.
If no one wants to focus on voter fraud than why focus on this unless you just hate Romney and are trying to make him look bad.

All hail Obama that is all that really matters


24 posted on 11/09/2012 12:33:56 PM PST by funfan
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To: nhwingut

Does it really matter we got the Dick Obama so live with it.
If no one wants to focus on voter fraud than why focus on this unless you just hate Romney and are trying to make him look bad.

All hail Obama that is all that really matters


25 posted on 11/09/2012 12:34:08 PM PST by funfan
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To: nhwingut; Steelfish

I was one of the 30000 volunteers - one very dissatisfied with the operation. I did receive the voter list and credentials well in time, but was never able to log in from my phone. Never worked. There was another volunteer at my voting location, he was able to get through for a very brief period. Absolute disaster in operation - I called and did get through to headquarters, only to be told it was down and would be up in a few minutes - then resetting my password, then my Logon ID and password - never willing to implement any of the backup procedures they had established. 30000 volunteers - I would really like a report on the result but haven’t seen one. How much information was actually gathered on election day - about 20 names made it through from my voting location in a timely manner - out of almost 1600 that voted, leaving several hundred that could have been contacted. We gathered the information by hand on our printouts but had no way to effectively give the information to them - even though I offered multiple ways to effectively give it to them, either by marked up email or by phone.

Romney’s team really blew this one. Big time. I know they were worried about being hacked, and maybe they were - they should let us know. I spent 13 hours straight dedicated to trying to make this work - 30000 people that were vetted (they checked all volunteers to make sure they didn’t have telltale signs of being pro-Obama - checking social media, etc...)and were enthusiastic to help make a difference - and instead of truly organizing to the local level where things could have been effective - they wasted our time and lost what should have been won.

It’s obvious the Democrats cheated - the high (100% in some cases) voter turnout is absolutely unbelievable - but even if cleaned up Obama probably still won a very, very slim majority due to some conservatives unwillingness to support a non-perfect candidate. When all the votes are actually in, the analysis seems to support he will have had more votes than McCain - while Obama’s numbers collapsed from 4 years ago. If Project Orca had actually worked, Romney should have won by a large margin.

Sorry to vent - I’m just p****d that Centinella did not get this thing field tested - a dry run that would have given them time to fix the flaws. In retrospect, at least in Ohio where voter lists are updated at 11am and 4pm, the Party needs to work a deal with the state to just get a download of the information - even if they pay for it. Would be well worth it, would have accomplished the goal for knowledge and freed up 30000 volunteers to actually get the vote out.


26 posted on 11/09/2012 12:34:37 PM PST by LibertyOh
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To: Steelfish
When George Bush was running in 2000, I was an old-fashioned precinct captain. We had maps, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, etc. of every single registered republican in the precinct.

We had quotas for the number of contacts made, and the number of confirmed votes.

Republicans were FAMOUS for their precinct data.

I didn't volunteer as captain in 2008. I don't know what system was used then.

I have not been personally contacted (except by phone, mail, and email) have not had a door hanger, NOTHING since 2004.

What the hell?

Have public-school-educated non-performers now demolished a perfectly good voter turnout system? Looks like it.

27 posted on 11/09/2012 12:40:01 PM PST by GVnana
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To: dirtboy

Sabotaged from the get-go. It only takes ONE double-agent ‘working’ on the program. The O campaign had millions of dollars to spend on saboteurs. Yes, he’s THAT evil.


28 posted on 11/09/2012 12:40:08 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: colorado tanker

Maybe its just me...but I don’t a phone call to remind me to go to the polls and vote in the most important election of my lifetimee.


29 posted on 11/09/2012 12:44:38 PM PST by carton253
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
Sabotaged from the get-go. It only takes ONE double-agent ‘working’ on the program. The O campaign had millions of dollars to spend on saboteurs. Yes, he’s THAT evil.

Uh, yeah, sure. Try reading the entire article. It waqsn't a rogue coder who made the decision not to load test the system. Or keep users away from it until the day of the system. And not have a test of PINs well before election day.

That was the fault of those in charge of implementing this. And it takes an echo-chamber mentality for someone to not stand up and say, just what the **** is going on with this?

And that is just the start of the problems.

30 posted on 11/09/2012 12:44:38 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: colorado tanker

Maybe its just me...but I don’t a phone call to remind me to go to the polls and vote in the most important election of my lifetimee.


31 posted on 11/09/2012 12:44:57 PM PST by carton253
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To: carton253

You missed the point. The lack of a phone call to registered Republicans meant there was no GOTV here.


32 posted on 11/09/2012 12:51:02 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: stillonaroll

Exclusive - Inside Orca: How the Romney Campaign Suppressed Its Own Vote

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2957375/posts


33 posted on 11/09/2012 12:53:49 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: colorado tanker

I didn’t miss anything. You were whining that you had to get your own yardsign and didn’t get a phone call. Then you made the leap that because you didn’t receive a phone call there must not have been a GOTV where you were.

My point is that it shouldn’t take a GOTV effort to get American citizens to the poll. And if that is what it takes...then we got what we deserved.


34 posted on 11/09/2012 12:57:45 PM PST by carton253
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To: Steelfish

Sabotage?


35 posted on 11/09/2012 12:59:33 PM PST by McGruff (No New RINOs!)
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To: colorado tanker
The lack of a phone call to registered Republicans meant there was no GOTV here.

Do you vote in primaries?

36 posted on 11/09/2012 1:02:47 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: stillonaroll

http://www.w3schools.com/tags/att_a_href.asp


37 posted on 11/09/2012 1:04:20 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: Tennessee Nana

So not only was Romney a coward, non-Conservative, wishy washy tool with boat loads of $$$ even after running for 6 years for the office he screwed up the GOTV system! Hopefully there actually was massive vote fraud otherwise Romney is really an idiot!


38 posted on 11/09/2012 1:28:15 PM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: iopscusa

All this from a fool with a keyboard who is not fit to wipe Mitt Romney’s shoes.


39 posted on 11/09/2012 1:31:53 PM PST by carton253
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To: Steelfish

“The Wednesday before the election, Mitt Romney sent a special message to volunteers about a special project his campaign was working on”

what was the RNC doing?

in 2004 they, the RNC, had such a system up and running before the GOP convention was over; were they even asked by Mitt what they had; did they even offer to Mitt what they had; inquiring minds would like to know

because to me the operative phrase in that quote is: “the Wednesday before the election”


40 posted on 11/09/2012 2:35:23 PM PST by Wuli
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To: stillonaroll

if you write nothing in html

and you write the text of the link all by itself on its own line and not in quotes

it should come out as a link


41 posted on 11/09/2012 2:40:07 PM PST by Wuli
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To: research99

what exactly did Axelrod steal

http://www.registeredvoterlists.com/Home.html


42 posted on 11/09/2012 2:42:52 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Finny

agree with that


43 posted on 11/09/2012 3:29:17 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: carton253; iopscusa

Why does the lazy Willard not wipe his own shoes ???

Oh thats right he was never in the military so he never learnt how to in basic...

Well if a guy doesnt know how to clean his own shoes and needs help to do something so basic how did you expect him to know how to lead our country ???


44 posted on 11/09/2012 3:30:17 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

Your posts in the past have revealed you to be a classless ass. You are what’s wrong with Free Republic. I’m sure that you will have some more vile to vomit all over this thread... so have it at it.


45 posted on 11/09/2012 4:04:59 PM PST by carton253
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To: Steelfish

Well, if Ann had anything to do with running the campaign, SHE is to blame for the disaster. Laura Bush’s nauseating liberalism is responsible for W. becoming a terrible President as well. Bob


46 posted on 11/09/2012 4:13:06 PM PST by alstewartfan ("I'm a graduate of rock&roll, Class of '58!" Al Stewart)
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To: alstewartfan

Ann was blamed for Willards defeat against Ted Kennedy in 1994...


47 posted on 11/09/2012 4:50:11 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: carton253

I think its classless for Willard or you to expect someome else to be responsible for the state of your shoes...

but then what would I know ???

Im not an elitist like Willard...

or maybe you ...


48 posted on 11/09/2012 4:53:55 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: carton253

Good example of why Republicans are so well liked and effective at winning over supporters.


49 posted on 11/09/2012 5:16:03 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: dirtboy

Are you serious?


50 posted on 11/09/2012 5:16:34 PM PST by colorado tanker
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