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November 8, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Election cams: Democracy in action?

Photo capture from King County cams

A little tired of the hyperventilating political talk shows?

Here is something to show you that democracy in action can sometimes be very, very boring.

Just take a look at the three “election cams” that King County Elections has put up on its web site:

One camera shows machines sorting ballots, another depicts election workers sitting at tables and opening ballots, and a third shows machines scanning ballots.

We dare you to watch for more than a minute.

“We didn’t purport it to be exciting. It’s a chance for people to see how all the work is done. It’s about transparency,” said Elections spokeswoman Kim Van Ekstrom.

Last year, the agency put up the first web cam, the one that showed the opening of envelopes. It expanded to the three web cams this year.  Van Ekstrom said that in tracking how long people spent watching the streaming video, some stayed for an unbelievable 40 minutes.

And, she said, the tracking also shows the cams attract a world wide audience: Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Bulgaria, India.

“Some people are just curious, some want to watch democracy in action and some are King County voters serving or living overseas,” said van Ekstrom.

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