Month: October 2016

Making open election data more accessible to voters

Photo: White House

Photo: White House

Having access to timely and comprehensive election data is fundamental to democracy. Knowing when and where to vote, as well as what your ballot options are is critical to being fully informed.

Google’s Civic Information API, in partnership with the Voter Information Project and The Pew Charitable Trusts, makes this data easy for third parties to access and build applications on.

At ProudCity, we’re now leveraging this data for a new app, ProudCity Vote. ProudCity Vote makes it easy for anyone to quickly add comprehensive, timely voting and elections information to any website. Adding ProudCity Vote is free and easy as copying and pasting embed code onto any website page.

For example, see how San Rafael, Calif., is using ProudCity Vote.

As many in the open data movement have noted, open data for the sake of open data is less useful than providing it in context of the user experience. We’re excited to take this data and bring it directly to the residents of every city in America.

Learn more about ProudCity Vote.

Getting out the vote

Photo: White House

Photo: White House

Make sure you’re registered to vote.

I’ve been reviewing the voting and elections tech ecosystem and wanted to share a few that will help you verify that you’re actually registered and, if not, make it easy to do so.

VOTE.org is a non-profit organization that provides voter registration resources and helps you register, as does vote.gov, which is managed by the U.S. federal government.

VotePlz incorporates gamification to encourage people to compete on recruiting others to check their registration and register (click the last link in this post and help me win). VotePlz is managed by Circus Center “a non-profit organization dedicated to the public benefit through arts education, public leadership, and civic engagement.”

HelloVote gives voter registration instructions via a series of text messages and will register you instantly in states that have online voter registration. HelloVote is managed by the nonprofit Fight for the Future and ensures personal data privacy.

For developers who want to build voting and election applications, see the Google Civic Information API and the Voting Information Project. See also We Vote USA, a “non-partisan team of dedicated volunteers dedicated to building software that educates and encourages voters.”

Are you registered to vote?