Jenny CSpeaktoCongress: We want to engage constituents to weigh in on the lawmaking process, developing a tool helpful for them to send in text for laws and to comment as well as support the paragraphs relevant to the issues they care about. Staffers and journalists could make use of the tool, to find out the trending topics and new angles for the stories they want to publish.
Challenge 4: Closing the Representation & Trust Gaps
Ti ZTL;DR Congress is a one-pager for issues. It closes the gap between voters, their elected officials, and the issues that they are voting on.TL;DR has a user-friendly and easy-to use dashboard showing officials' voting record, as well as how they match up to the voters' stances on the issues. The app also includes a section allowing staffers to comment and tag issues related to the bills that they are voting on.
VoteMatrix is building a mobile and web app that will replace the state provided "Voter's Information Guide" and "Sample Ballot". Users will be able to quickly research candidates and measures, and fill out their sample ballot at their convenience. In coordination with the state, we will provide an option to "opt out" of paper mailings. After the election, the representatives actions will be tracked and mapped to user principles via the user's TrustMatrix and PrincipleMatrix. This means that voters will be notified when their representative is supporting something that goes against their principles and will have a real-time personalized approval rating for each representative, bill, and measure. In addition, representatives can see how their constituents are polling on proposed legislation.
VoteMatrix is a mobile and web app that keeps political representatives in sync with constituents on specific political issues. It replaces traditional polling with a more dynamic stream of polling that provides finegrained information about how constituents feel about specific ballots before a vote even happens. It does this by centralizing information for voters about any candidate and how they are voting and allowing voters to share their input on specific legislation.