In their way, local elections ask a lot of voters. It takes a good deal of diligent reading and attending of political events to suss out which candidate’s values most align with your own.
OkCandidate is here to help you find the candidate who is the right match for you.
“Candidates in local elections are often unknown to the general public and finding out about local candidates is hard,” said Code for Hampton Roads’ Kevin Curry, a developer of the project. “OkCandidate attempts to solve this problem with something like a dating app. We ask candidates and voters the same set of questions along with strength of feeling about each question, and then showing voters their ideal match. Think of it like a scorecard you can take with you to the voting booth.”
Give it a spin. This is the first iteration, so for now it’s just for the Norfolk mayor and city council races.
The project is a collaboration with the great guys at Code for Hampton Roads–led by Blaine Price and Kevin Curry–the Virginian-Pilot–led by Pilot Opinion’s Don Luzzatto–and us at AltDaily, with our Vote Local Norfolk movement.
“I hear all the time how disengaged and disinterested people are, especially about local politics,” said Luzzatto. “That’s always struck me as nonsense. I know this team team brought more energy and more smarts to this task than I would’ve thought possible. ”
Special credit and thanks to the Code for Hampton Roads developers who put in countless hours to get this ready in time to be relevant for this election: along with Blaine, Tommy Tavenner, Stanley Zheng, and Ryan Yakstis.
There is a pivotal election May 3rd in Norfolk. We are electing the first mayor in decades, the superward seats are up for grabs, and we are electing school board members for the first time.
As a recent editorial in the Pilot pointed out, Virginia elections don’t work, a sentiment particularly true in the Pilot’s hometown of Norfolk. In the May 2014 election fewer than 14% of the city’s registered voters went to the polls. In May 2012, a dismal 10.4% of registered voters took the time to go to the polls.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we got that up to over 20% this election? Please get educated, help your friends get educated, and vote. May 3rd. Mark your calendars and have a plan for getting to the polls.
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