Election sites that track positions on issues on a per-candidate basis?
August 19, 2014 10:38 AM Subscribe
There's a municipal election coming up, and a friend of mine is hoping to develop a Web site that allows users to cycle through key questions (e.g. "Do you think the city should allow a casino to be built downtown?" "Do you support the closure of the Simpson History Museum?") and see the positions of various candidates, grouped by electoral district. Can you think of a Web site that does such a thing? Bonus points if it's created by a group that might be willing to share their infrastructure.
posted by Shepherd to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
In more detail: the ideal version of this is one where the home page lets a user click through various questions, and at a glance see which candidates are in support or opposed to the question being asked. The candidates will be able to contribute a more nuanced answer than "yes" or "no," and clicking on their picture will let you see their full response to the question. Additional features would include things like "propose a question for the candidates," and possibly ongoing post-election tracking to see how what they do following the election matches up to what they said prior to it.
I feel like I've seen this kind of thing before, but now that I'm actually looking for some models, of course I can't find any. My friend and the people he's working with have lots of energy and goodwill and some CMS and WordPress experience, but not a lot of programming skills per se, so in the best of all possible worlds they're looking for some sort of robust template/platform that can be adapted and re-used by them for our local election. Just plain good examples of sites that do this sort of thing well will be a huge help and inspiration too, though.