Politics in 8 Seconds

submission by Voterxyz

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Voter, LLC

Organization(s) website(s):

www.voter.xyz

Organization(s) twitter handle(s):

www.twitter.com/Voter

Organization(s) facebook handle(s):

www.facebook.com/voterapp

Please share the direct link for voters to sign up for your newsletter(s):

www.voter.xyz/signup

Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization

Government

Other (please specify below):

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We are planning to apply for B-Corp certification.

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

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We’re building an app that makes it fast, fun, and easy to become informed in any election - Essentially, it’s tinder for politics.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.

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Our mission is to take the friction out of becoming an informed voter. Answer a few simple questions to find out which political candidates have your best interests at heart, and have a track record to back it up.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA

Westside

South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)

LAUSD

Other (please specify below):

e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County:

We will be curating local election data for all of LA County, initially focusing on the larger municipalities.

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics? (check all that apply)

Rates of volunteerism

Voting rates by race

Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support

Median travel time to work

Attendance at cultural events

Number of public transit riders

Participation in neighborhood councils

Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)

Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located near transit)

Total number of local social media friends and connections (Dream Metric)

Attendance at public/open streets gatherings (Dream Metric)

Residential segregation (Dream Metric)

Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.

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What
We’re building an app that makes it fast, fun, and easy to become informed in any election. Simply answer a few questions and find out which politicians truly have your best interests at heart, and have a track record to back it up.

Our mission is to take the friction out of becoming an informed voter, displaying the candidates and propositions that align with your beliefs, as well as where to go to vote, when to be there, and what to bring. We aim to be a one-stop-shop for election information.

We were recently featured on 790 KABC, Built In LA, and The Washington Post.

Why
Last year, LA county had the lowest voter participation of any county in the state, with local election turnout dropping as low as 8%.

Information is greatly lacking when it comes to local elections. When people are uninformed, they don’t vote, or worse, they vote on issues they don’t know about. In both scenarios, we end up with a government that is not representative of its people.

According to Pew, 57% of 18-to-29 year olds get political news from social networking apps and nowhere else. The stage is primed to engage millennials and younger generations on their turf.

How
We've designed an experience that is fast, fun and engaging, while the real magic happens under the hood. Our matching algorithm does all the heavy lifting, weighing millions of data points to find the perfect candidates for you.

Thanks to new open data initiatives, we now have access to up-to-the-minute governmental and political data. This allows us to take an unbiased, numbers-based approach.

Voter weighs a politician’s voting record, public agenda, personal views, talking points, and several other variables to arrive at a match. The app presents this information as a percentage, describing how closely your views align with each candidate.

Who
Our team has extensive experience in the fields of graphic design and user interfaces, mobile app development, policy and data analysis, and start-up user growth. We recently launched in beta, and just brought marketing and public relations experience on board.

When
Voter launched in the App Store on Citizenship Day (Sept.17) 2015, and will be available on web and Android January 1st, 2016. Local election data will be available for Los Angeles county starting in 2016.

Where
Based in sunny Los Angeles, California :) We will begin curating local elections in the Los Angeles area this Winter-Spring.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

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Voting by race - We’ll use demographic data from Facebook logins to track users’ voting rates by ethnicity, age, gender, and location. We respect privacy, and all data is anonymous in that we can never identify it to a specific user.

Rates of volunteerism - Compare the NCoCs (National Conference on Citizenship) annual volunteer metrics from the past to track progress in LA county. We will survey users at regular intervals, comparing our own results with the NCoCs.

Neighborhood council participation - We plan to curate information on Los Angeles’s 96 neighborhood council elections. We will encourage and track neighborhood council participation by connecting users with councils in their area, and allowing them to check-in via social media.

Government responsiveness - Periodically survey our user-base to gauge whether they feel responsiveness has improved. Our impact will be magnified by giving politicians insight into the issues their constituents prioritize most.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

Discussion
8 Pink talk bubble tail c96b4a07ef1417e25d0bcf5c4cba4766b8bbf0382f07677990a9d5577885d4d7

So cool. Can't wait for more elections to come out. Everyone I've shown it to loves it

by Alliecat091
6 months ago

Love it!! Will you have voter information for santa monica? Also when does level three come out?

by Leslesles
6 months ago

Awesome project, i love the app already!

by shocksalt
6 months ago

This app strengthened my awareness of lesser-known candidates. Thanks for making me more informed!

by OGolonka1
6 months ago

very handy tool, love the simple interface too

by evelynwaugh
6 months ago

Thanks! We always appreciate word of mouth recommendations.

by Voterxyz
6 months ago

Yes - we are actually based in Santa Monica, so that is one of the first places on our list :) Level three will be out with the next big update, coming mid November. Stay tuned!

by Voterxyz
6 months ago

Thanks for the support!

by Voterxyz
6 months ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Submission Ended
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
at 07:00 PM UTC

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Voting Began
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Voting Ended
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
at 08:00 PM UTC

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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015