Running an election in a pandemic, in 10 steps
WASHINGTON — When the pandemic hit and more than a thousand usual poll workers backed out of working the April primary in Madison, Wisconsin, City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl needed replacements who were available to work late, had customer service skills and knew how to assess a photo ID.Coincidentally, her office also handles licensing for a couple thousand people who fit that description and were out of work because of COVID-19: bartenders.Chad Vogel, who owns three bars on the east side of town, worked at the elementary school that serves as his own neighborhood polling place — and he ran i...
Social media, facial recognition helped ID vandalism suspects during Philly protests
PHILADELPHIA — As he posted a collection of images he shot during the protests that gripped Philadelphia after the police killing of George Floyd, Sammy Rivera beseeched his Instagram followers to be careful of what they shared online.“Photos and video footage of the protests were used to pick out protesters who were then identified and tracked down via their online/social media presence,” he wrote in the caption to his June 26 post that warned just “how easy it could potentially be for others to be tracked down and arrested or worse.”Five weeks later, Rivera himself was placed in handcuffs, a...
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