Election toolkit

With election frenzy increasing daily it’s hard to make sense of the madness.  Where do your candidates stand on the issues?  In fact who on Earth are your candidates?  Thank heavens, then, for hackers with too much time on their hands who have made a range of nifty tools to help us navigate the choppy electoral waters.  Here’s a round-up of some of the best:

Are you gay?  Know someone who is?  Then take a look at http://mygayvote.com to see where each of the parties stands on The Love that Dare not Speak its Name.

Are you under the misapprehension that your vote actually counts?  Think again.  http://voterpower.org.uk shows you how much your cross in a box matters in your constituency.

We like to think of ourselves as neutral here at TalkIssues, but despite its agenda http://votethemout.co.uk is a simple way to find out how your current MP voted on the recent Digital Economy Bill.  What it won’t tell you is how your candidate would have voted if they’re not already an MP. For that, you’ll have to visit http://emailyourcandidates.heroku.com and ask them directly.  Just stick in your postcode and it’ll tell you who’s standing in your constituency and let you email them.

If you don’t fancy composing an email, say it in 140 characters – http://tweetminster.co.uk will tell you if your candidates are on Twitter so you can ask policy questions to your heart’s desire (http://tweetyhall.com will do this for your local council candidates).

And if finding the facts for yourself is too much effort, pay http://www.votematch.org.uk/ a visit for a Cosmo type quiz. Mostly A’s – you’re a lefty.  Mostly B’s – you’re a facist.  Etc.

Have we missed one?  Let us know in the comments.
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9 replies on “Election toolkit”

  1. I’m involved with http://www.democracyclub.org.uk/. We’re a non-partisan volunteering group to help with tasks that need volunteers this election, such as finding out who candidates are, what they’re saying and what they think about important local issues (in conjunction with the TheyWorkForYou candidate survey, which also covers national issues).

    Since you asked who the candidates are, we’ve built up a FREE database of candidates at http://www.yournextmp.com/. The API is already being used by loads of websites and hopefully more yet to come 🙂

  2. Here’s another one I came across this morning

    http://politicsposters.co.uk/

    You can download a poster to stick in your window which tells you (and anyone peeking through your window presumably) how your current MP voted in parliament.

    Hat tip to @rebeccacaroe

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