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Waterloo Region Votes

This repository is published to https://www.waterlooregionvotes.org

Why?

As a citizen in Waterloo Region, it can be a lot of work to try to figure out who's going to be on the ballot for municipal elections. You need to check the regional site, your local ward, and then try to figure out which list of school board trustees applies to you. Each municipality in the region is on a different page. The sites are all linked from wrvotes.com, but it's still a lot of back and forth, and the municipal sites do not list all candidate meetings. Getting to the ballot box fully informed isn't easy. We want to make it easier.

Goals

Encourage greater municipal election participation through candidacy, campaign volunteership and increased voter turnout.

What are we building?

  1. Consolidated & easy to navigate access to basic candidate information
    • who
    • where
    • links to websites, emails, phone #s (help wanted find information for candidates that have nothing listed!)
  2. Inform the community on debates/all candidate meetings for their wards
    • help wanted monitoring news sites, social media feeds, etc.
  3. Easy to navigate resources on who's responsible for what, so voters can make an informed choice for each position
    • help wanted Do you have knowledge or experience in local politics? Can you explain what a school board trustee does?
  4. Get out the vote on October 22
    • help wanted promotion, information on how & when to vote, information on how to ensure you're registered, etc.

Contributing

Dependencies:

  • Ruby
  • Bundler
  • Jekyll

To get started locally:

  • Clone the repo: git clone https://github.com/CivicTechWR/WRvotes.git
  • Install gems: bundle
  • Move into the website directory: cd docs
  • Start the local server: jekyll serve

How can I help?

See the Wiki, Issues list, or join the #project_region_vote channel on our slack space: https://civictechwrslack.herokuapp.com/.

Or come to one of our meetups!