“Here’s our basic idea: we can crowdsource democracy. Let anyone in the country create a voter guide and promote it through Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Pinterest. Then we’ll compile these thoughts into user-friendly formats so anyone can see what their friends and neighbors think about the stuff they’ll be voting on.” – Matt Singer and Scott Duncombe, http://news.theballot.org/
As a relatively new California voter, I’m overwhelmed by the various candidate races and ballot initiatives that I’ll have to vote on come Nov. 6th. Voting in NY was nothing like this. Voter guides – printed or online guides usually offering basic information or strong opinions on races and/ or propositions produced by a single organization or entity – are one immensely helpful way of navigating the many choices at the polls.
Theballot.org, brought to you by the League of Young Voters, New Era Colorado, Forward Montana, and the Bus Project, takes the traditional voter guide and takes it a step further, utilizing tech and social media to do so. Simply visit the site, sign-up, and plug in your address to learn more about the candidates and ballot initiatives you’ll be voting on, to see how friends might be voting, to see the positions trusted organizations are taking and, if you’d like, to share your own choices.