Thar She Blows!… Orca Blew Up on Election Day

Now we know… The GOP’s numbers were down this year because the party’s get-out-the-vote system shut down on Tuesday.
So the GOP’s GOT system Orca blew up on Election Day.
It went something like this—

Breitbart reported:

A source within the Romney campaign agreed to share his reflections on Project Orca with Breitbart News:

It’s easy to point fingers after a loss and I wouldn’t normally do it, but consider what happened.

Project Orca was supposed to enable poll watchers to record voter names on their smartphones, by listening for names as voters checked in. This would give the campaign real-time turnout data, so they could redirect GOTV resources throughout the day where it was most needed. They recruited 37,000 swing state volunteers for this.

I worked on the Colorado team, and we were called by hundreds (or more) volunteers who couldn’t use the app or the backup phone system. The usernames and passwords were wrong, but the reset password tool didn’t work, and we couldn’t change phone PINs. We were told the problems were limited and asked to project confidence, have people use pencil and paper, and try to submit again later.

Then at 6PM they admitted they had issued the wrong PINs to every volunteer in Colorado, and reissued new PINs (which also didn’t work). Meanwhile, counties where we had hundreds of volunteers, such as Denver Colorado, showed zero volunteers in the system all day, but we weren’t allowed to add them. In one area, the head of the Republican Party plus 10 volunteers were all locked out. The system went down for a half hour during peak voting, but for hundreds or more, it never worked all day. Many of the poll watchers I spoke with were very discouraged. Many members of our phone bank got up and left.

I do not know if the system was totally broken, or if I just saw the worst of it. But I wonder, because they told us all day that most volunteers were submitting just fine, yet admitted at the end that all of Colorado had the wrong PIN’s. They also said the system projected every swing state as pink or red.

Regardless of the specific difficulties, this idea would only help if executed extremely well. Otherwise, those 37,000 swing state volunteers should have been working on GOTV…

And, there you have it.
The GOP’s Get-Out-The-Vote system broke down on Election Day.
What complete incompetence.

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  • Pat262

    #4 Tea Party Patriots worked hard to get the vote out in Ohio. Individuals volunteered on the campaign as poll watchers, drivers and so on. But, if you don’t know who you need to get out because the system crashed or didn’t work, then you lose thousands of votes.

    Meanwhile, the Obama gang can make certain military votes go astray:

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  • Flintstone F.

    Pat262 is satire.

  • bg


    wow, not since 1970 huh..

    guess it’ll be at least another 42
    before we regain and maintain..

    that’s if we’re not all living in sin
    and bowing to Mecca by then..


  • ★FALCON★

    I got nine calls over the last three months and one on election day, it was after I had voted – I was there early.

    But I think it was Patty (if not forgive me) who said that Establishment GOP would sabotage Romney – of-course they would – they’re thrilled to be in the minority for forty years and invited to the butt kissing events in D.C.

    The GOP establishment is the problem. It’s not the TEA Party nor the base – it’s the RINOs / The Democrat slot was taken so I’ll run as a RINO.

    I.E. – Bloomberg, Christie, Anything named Bush, Rove, Giuliani, Whitman, et. al.

    There are two paths – cut off the financial funding for Obama – or have the revolution we have been patiently waiting for.

  • Steve

    VERY INTERESTING. 2 Separate Maps of County by County vote and vote trends in the 2012 Presidential Election…

  • bg


    Patty #4 November 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    i’m blaming the TROOPS_ DISFRANCHISEMENT

    Obama knew they would do him in, ergo, he moved
    heaven and Petreaus to accomplish the dirty task..


  • Monkey Wrench


    You might find this interesting. It is a list of all the states on a scale from most Democratic to most Republican. I was surprised to see that Hawaii is the most Democratic state. Utah is the most Republican, which wasn’t a real surprise.

  • BetseyRoss

    The people that stayed home didn’t forget to vote. They did it willfully. The day before the election we got 10 calls from various Republicans. Some famous, others just plain folks. The day of the election we had five more on our answering machine because we were gone all day because we were poll workers. Our precinct went 2-1 for Romney. The whole county was about the same. Our people came out, but apparently other places they didn’t.

    I don’t think Orca’s failure had anything to do with Romney’s loss. However, I am beginning to think there was massive voter fraud on the level we’ve never seen before and there isn’t a d@mn thing we can do about it.

  • bg


    Flintstone F. #23 – page 1 November 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    now you tell me/us.. 😆

    eh, doesn’t matter, it’s closer to the truth than not, just check
    out all the other links at #50 & #52, they more or less back it
    up, and they don’t come close to being satirical..


  • Granny

    #1 November 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm
    Freddy commented:

    OK, so instead of phone lines, and people, in a hdqtrs they tried to tie things together directly. When the tech failed, they needed a plan B. I wonder who was in charge of that plan?

    Read something about this earlier from a techie – apparently the system was not beta’d and nobody had been trained to use it. Wonder whose brilliant idea THAT was . .

  • dba_vagabond_trader

    Why do Rs have so much trouble with technology? We need some new younger blood, people who can keep up, ya know?

  • Lone Ranger

    Well Tonto,
    Seems Gateway commenters have it all figured out and well in hand…..
    Let’s go big fellow. Hi-Yo Silver… Awaaaaay!!

  • bg


    Steve #26 November 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    interesting, ironically most of the larger margin areas where in states
    Sandy devastated, wonder how all those people made it to polls that
    weren’t there??

    yes, i know i said they probably already voted for all those people
    affected already, that’s why the rescue attempts have been, and
    still are, worse than they were after Katrina..

    but was half jesting when i posted the following
    as the reason, now i’m not all that sure.. *sigh*



  • bg


    strange.. Hamas and Hezbollah had no
    problems with PIN numbers, no no no..


  • bg


    re: #35 November 9, 2012 at 7:50 pm bg

    of course they were the Obama phones
    all the Marx kids are screaming about..


  • Monkey Wrench

    I build and work on big systems for major corporations, so this interests me. From what I’ve read it sounds like the problem wasn’t so much the system itself as the people who used it, especially the people who were in charge.

    I’ve read several complaints about bad pins being given out to end users so they couldn’t login and access the system. Also the access was secure https, which is normal, but people who forgot and typed in http (forgot the s) were not redirected to the secure link and simply received a blank page. So little things like these caused problems for the end users at the polls.

    I saw one report that the system was unable to handle the volume of traffic on election day. Someone said there was 1,200 records being added per minute. That is a lot, and if the guys who built it had not worked on something with this kind of volume before, I can see how things went wrong. And once the system starts failing from too much volume, it is almost impossible to recover in time.

    With all the money they had I’m surprised they didn’t just hire some pros like IBM who could build this so it could scale up to handle whatever was thrown at it. Any amateur with some technical smarts can build a website. But building a website that can handle tens of thousands of simultaneous users requires experienced professionals.

  • Sasja

    Approximately 3 million republicans did not show up to vote Tuesday. A guy called Rush the other day about why he elected to not vote and this is not the first time he has sat out an election. Of course we cannot speak for the other 2,999,999 others but this guy’s reason was immature, selfish and just downright sophomoric. So I wish a pox on his house.

    Now we look to 2014 and I would suggest everyone start beating the bushes now to find as close to an ideal candidate you can and perhaps, just perhaps, we can rid ourselves of some of the RINOs and dems.

  • FurryGuy

    Gee, Team Romney tries a centralized, one size fits all, big government style approach and it fails.

    Keep doing the same failed approach and expecting different results, yeah right.

  • FurryGuy

    #32 November 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm
    dba_vagabond_trader commented:

    Why do Rs have so much trouble with technology? We need some new younger blood, people who can keep up, ya know?

    There actually are “young blood” people in the party, quite tech savvy, they just keep getting shoved aside and ignored by the Party Elites currently in charge; geriatric dodderers who “know” traditional media is still dominant, moderation is what wins.