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Social Media's Role in the Election
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- As people stand in line waiting to vote they pull out their cell phones to text, tweet and Facebook about what they're doing and their surroundings. Their status updates add to the ongoing conversations happening across the country as the election draws closer.
"It's something that's integrated into everyone's daily routines, so you see something, you immediately take a pic, you tweet about it," said Dave Rhea, Managining Editor of the Journal Record.
Caroline Valuck will be voting for the first time, "I just turned 18 a few weeks ago."
She tweets "standing in line to vote...feeling so old" as she waits in line at the Oklahoma County Election Board.
After she casts her very first ballot, she tweets "just voted."
Caroline's online activity is just one example of how social media is integrating into election coverage.
"Tweets are easy to read and they're fast and people can say their opinion and not really have any consequences so that's good," said Valuck.
"When I get home I will probably you know say I went and voted, go vote it's our right," said Oklahoma voter, Micah Wolfe.
According to OpenSite, 2008 was called the "social media election," with 1.8 million tweets sent on election day. Now, in 2012, there are 1.8 million tweets sent every six minutes.
"What could be bigger than the election, the Presidential election, you're wanting to get other people's reaction," said Rhea.
Social media users can get all sorts of different types of information from social networking sites.
'I'll look for links that people post. I'll even look for links for the candidate I'm not exactly going to vote for," said Oklahoma voter, Monica Stephens.
"I know just in general that's kinda how I keep up with the news just because you get so busy," said Oklahoma voter, Janie Muhlinghause.
An infographic on OpenSite points out that four out of 10 people will use social media to help them make a decision come election day.
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Posted: Monday, November 5 2012, 09:26 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Safe room mandates remain rare in tornado states
May 24, 2013 07:24 GMT
By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- When a deadly tornado tore through the central Oklahoma city of Moore, many survivors emerged from their storm shelters to see their homes blown away.
The mayor suggested that storm shelters should perhaps be mandated for new homes. But that may be hard sell.
But not a single state currently requires storm shelters in new homes. And not even many communities do so.
Costs remain a deterrent despite the life-saving potential of personal storm shelters. So, too, does a general resistance to government mandates in politically conservative states in the nation's heartland where tornadoes are most prevalent.
Instead of a stick, Oklahoma currently offers a carrot to build storm shelters. It uses federal funds to award $2,000 rebates to residents who win a special storm-shelter lottery.
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