Electronic voting may still be only a distant possibility, but electronic ballots and voter information are readily available on any device, and, as of today, on the Mercer Island Reporter’s website.
In partnership with Snoqualmie company Democracy Live, the nation’s leading cloud-balloting technology firm, the Reporter launched the LiveBallot app on our website, at www.bellevuereporter.com/ballot.
With LiveBallot, you can access and interact with your ballot ahead of Election Day to research, save and even share your ballot choices.
“The idea is that voters can go to your site, they can get the ballot information specific to them, they can print it out, and they can share it,” said Bryan Finney, president and CEO of Democracy Live. “Rather than relying on yard signs and sound bites, voters can use LiveBallot to help be a more informed and impactful voter.”
The ballot displayed in the app will show all the candidates and initiatives you can vote on, based on the address you enter. Click View to find a compilation of related websites and data from search engines and, if the candidates responded to LiveBallot requests for additional information, details about their background, experience and endorsements directly from the candidates themselves. Click Recommend to promote a candidate or position via email or social media.
There’s a Notes feature, you can use to enter plain text notes on candidates and a ballot-marking feature, too. Click the star to the right of a candidate’s name to mark your vote. Click it again if you made a mistake. Then you can Save, Email or Print out your marked ballot as a reference for filling out your official King County ballot.
Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen, too. That’s where the most important races, are, the down-ballot people and initiatives that served as inspiration when Finney began working on the electronic balloting app. It’s also where you have the option to Share your ballot selections with your family and friends.
“Down-ballot” races, Finney explained, are “the races that matter most to us — school board, city council, judges… and yet we don’t always know these candidates, so we vote with very little information and often look to others for how to vote. That’s where we think the sharing feature will be particularly helpful to voters.”
With detailed candidate information readily available, you can make each vote more meaningful.
For more information about Democracy Live, visit www.democracylive.com.