Vancouver Vote Map comes to the aid of confused voters
2011 Vancouver municipal election: Are you confused about the Vancouver municipal election? With at least six parties and scores of candidates running for mayor, council, Park Board and School Board, it can be difficult sorting out the various positions and policies and deciding who to vote for.
The West End Residents Association (WERA) is hoping to help voters make their decision on November 19. WERA has released a web-based app, Vote Map 2011, that calculates how an individual voter's positions line up with those of the six major parties (COPE, De-Growth Vancouver, the Greens, Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver, NPA, and Vision Vancouver). The app also includes a matrix showing the parties' responses to 26 questions and links to their websites.
The app was the idea of WERA member Sukhi Kambo. She, along with WERA president Christine Ackermann and board member John Whistler, came up with the questions.
I was also involved. I've been WERA's volunteer web strategist for several years and I leapt at the chance when Ackermann asked me if I could turn Kambo's vision into reality. After several hours of Flash coding and countless cups of coffee, the app was ready. You can try it out at www.wera.bc.ca/vote2011.
The WERA app is not the only tech development in this year's election, of course. The City of Vancouver has released an iPhone/iPod Touch app called "Vancouver Votes" that includes candidate information and can tell you where to vote and if you're on the voters' list, among other handy features. It's free and is available here.
The WERA web app and the City's iPod/iPhone app should help voters make sense of the election. Remember to vote November 19.