There's a LOT at stake in the upcoming Virginia election.
Virginians deserve to know how the election will make their lives better or worse, and make an informed choice? What will Democrats and Republicans do if elected? Who's running for office? Where are the early voting locations? When are they open? What ID will they need to vote?
That's a lot of info and from many sources! And the info often change suddenly with voter suppression. How can voters get the info they need to make an informed choice quickly and easily? From a phone or laptop? Without internet access? In English or Spanish? In the form they like - list, map, video? How can people volunteer to increase voter turnout? How can grassroots voting rights groups collect and share this info with little money, time or staff?
That's where innovative, affordable technology and friendly user interface design comes in. Learn more about how to apply affordable tech for your cause here.
Virginia election information - delivered how you want it
Map with candidates endorsed by the National Women's Political Caucus. Click on a face to get more details on a candidate and connects to their campaign website.
Interactive map of early voting locations and when they are open. This map can be changed quickly in case a polling location is closed, moved or its hours changed.
Details on what forms of Voter ID are accepted in Virginia. This information comes from VoteRiders which also provides free assistance to voters
Find your early voting location and get voter info by a text message. Chatbot makes it easy for those without a laptop or internet connection.
Center for Common Ground, a Virginia nonprofit and DemLabs teamed to create a free solution to meet these needs and is available now. It includes information from the Virginia Department of Elections, National Womens Political Caucus of Virginia, Guides.Vote, VoteRiders and Political Girl. This solution was developed in a few days with using mostly free, readily available apps without any coding. Learn more on how to do it for your cause here.
TakeAway: Provide voters with the info they need to make informed decisions. Use technology and friendly interface design to fight voter suppression and improve voter turnout.
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