Last night’s Iowa Caucus marks the beginning of the insanity that is an election year. In 2008, we saw then presidential hopeful Barack Obama benefit greatly from a thorough and strategic social media campaign. Look for technology to have an even more pronounced effect in 2012.
Although not directly related to the race for president, the Washington, DC-based POPVOX recently launched a new feature, Congress Match, which aims to take advantage of the swell in political interest that comes once every four years.
“With the start of the 2012 election year,” says the POPVOX’s CEO, Marci Harris, “POPVOX Congress Match gives you even more reasons to tell your legislators what you think about pending legislation — and a way to see how well they listened when Election Day rolls around.”
After building out your political profile by giving your position on a few bills within the POPVOX platform, you can then use Congress Match to compare your stance to that of your senators and representative. This gives you a clear idea of whether or not your congressman is truly representing your best interests.
The status of these bills is constantly being updated, so the more input you give, the more in-depth of a report card you receive come election time.
The Congress Match project is the creation of POPVOX developer Annalee Flower-Horne, which she began at the 2011 International Open Data Hackathon Day in DC. Look for more from this nonpartisan advocacy platform in the months leading up to the November elections.