What's the point of VotesBy.US?Informed citizens, or at least watchful citizens, are central to democratic government. The Internet has become the political information source of choice for many people. VotesBy.US is a "front end" to Google that helps voters filter and find information on the internet
What does VotesBy.US do?
What's wrong with just using a search tool?
- Helps you to remember the candidates and issues that are relevant to upcoming elections by placing them in drop-down selection boxes
- Helps you to examine issues that you care about by placing them in drop-down selection boxes and allowing you to combine them with ballot items
- Helps you to formulate good searches by automatically creating queries from the selection boxes and sending them to Google
- Helps you to sort through results by organizing them into Web, News, Blog, Video, and Book categoriesNothing, if you are good at formulating search queries and you can remember all of the candiates and issues. Most people do not put together searches that will give them the best results. Also, many people can not remember all of the candidates and items relevant to upcoming elections. The main benefit of VotesBy.US is that it creates good queries for you and helps you remember everything you want to know about.What if I don't like some of the queries that VotesBy.US creates?The query being executed is always displayed at the top of the page. You can modify it any way you like.Is VotesBy.US biased?VotesBy.US uses the Google search engine. The query that you see in the search box is sent to Google, and all results from Google are displayed. VotesBy.US does not filter or select results in any other way.How Did VotesBy.US get started?VotesBy.US is being developed as part of a research project in the Information and Computer Sciences Department at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa under the direction of Dr. Scott Robertson. The project is using iterative, user-centered design methods to develop a portal for political information gathering and citizen deliberation.
This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under grant number IIS-1064852 to Dr. Robertson.