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In our democracy the definitive exercise of the power we give our politicians when we vote them into office is how they vote in our parliaments on our behalf. Yet you probably don't know how your MP votes. This isn't your fault.

Parliamentary voting information is notoriously difficult to find and analyse. This project changes that by making it understandable and easy to use.

We stand on the shoulders of giants: this project is a Ukrainian fork of the Australian They Vote For You fork of the UK Public Whip project. The next big step for this project is to get these changes merged back upstream and properly localise the project without maintaining a separate fork.

Process overview


The project parses the Australian Federal Hansard into ParlParse format (this due to it's history of being a fork of the UK TheyWorkForYou project - more shoulders, giants). The debates XML files the parser creates, also available on, contain voting data and we load this into a Rails application.


People data is collected by a scraper and fed into EveryPolitician. This produces Popolo formatted data that is then loaded into TVFY using a Rake task:

bundle exec rake application:load:ukraine:people

Once the people data has been loaded you can start loading votes. These are scraped by another scraper, that saves data in a flat format that can easily be converted to Popolo. The conversion is handled by a small proxy application and the results are imported using another Rake task:

bundle exec rake application:load:ukraine:vote_events[2015-06-17]

As with other countries you then need to update the caches:

bundle exec rake application:cache:all_except_member_distances


If your machine is already set up to develop Rails applications with MySQL just carry out the following steps and you should be good to go. Developing with Vagrant is also possible (see below) but was mainly useful with the retired PHP application.

Before beginning, install MySQL, HTMLTidy and Ruby:

# OS X ...
brew install tidy-html5 mysql rbenv ruby-build
rbenv install $(cat .ruby-version)

# ... or Linux (Debian)
sudo apt-get install tidy mysql-server mysql-client libmysqlclient-dev
# then follow: to get rbenv and ruby-build

Steps required to configure, install and start the Rails application:

# Copy the default config files over.
# (Edit config/database.yml and fill in your username, password and database settings.)
bundle exec rake application:config:dev
cp config/database.yml.example config/database.yml

# Copy secrets config
cp config/secrets.yml.example config/secrets.yml

# Install bundle
bundle install

# Set up your database (including seed data)
bundle exec rake db:setup

# Run tests
bundle exec rake

# Start the server
bundle exec rails server

Change language to Ukrainian

To change the default language of the project add default_locale to your project settings file, e.g. config/settings/development.local.yml for your local development settings. Use en for English and uk for Ukrainian:

# Name of project to display thoughout the application
project_name: Вони голосують для тебе
# Optionally change default locale, e.g. uk for Ukrainian
default_locale: uk

With Vagrant

Once you have vagrant and virtualbox installed and have cloned this repository run vagrant up. This will download the base virtualbox image and set up the development environment, be prepared for a bit of a wait.

Run the tests from inside the VM like this:

  • vagrant ssh
  • cd /vagrant
  • bundle exec rake

Assuming they pass, you can start the rails server:

  • bundle exec rails server

Once it is up you can browse to http://localhost:3000

When manually testing the site, the "sign up" confirmation emails will automatically go to a dummy smtp server called mailcatcher. To check the emails, browse to http://localhost:1080

If vagrant reports that it can't mount the /vagrant virtualbox shared folder, it's becuase the VM has had it's kernel updated. Run vagrant provision && vagrant reload and you should be back in business.

The original PHP app is also available at http://localhost:8080 but only if you're running an older branch (out of scope for this guide).

Loading data


These are the tasks you need to know about:

  • application:load:members loads members, offices and electorates. You always need this to run the site. Stictly speaking it only needs to run when details need updating but can be run as often as you like as it only updates data.
  • application:load:divisions[from_date,to_date] load division[s]. to_date is optional and if omitted, allows you to load a single date.
  • application:cache this namespace contains cache updating tasks that are necessary for the site to run. They should be self-explainatory.

Daily updates are carried out by the application:load:daily Rake task, which is run daily at 09:15 by cron.


These are the tasks you need to know about:

  • application:load:ukraine:people loads people. You always need this to run the site. Stictly speaking it only needs to run when details need updating but can be run as often as you like as it only updates data.
  • application:load:ukraine:vote_events[from_date,to_date] load division[s]. to_date is optional and if omitted, allows you to load a single date. You can also use "today" as the to_date.
  • application:cache this namespace contains cache updating tasks that are necessary for the site to run. They should be self-explainatory.

Votes can be updated daily by running application:load:ukraine:vote_events without arguments. It will try to fetch all votes since the most recent one in the database until the present day.

Better Search

You can enable elasticsearch for a better search experience. Enable the setting in config/settings.yml then download the .deb for Linux or on Mac run brew install elasticsearch.

Add data to your index the first time with bundle exec rake searchkick:reindex:all and Searchkick should take care of updates from there.


Extra Requirements

  • Memcached



The code is deployed using Capistrano. To deploy to production run:

bundle exec cap production deploy

You'll need a local copy of config/newrelic.yml that includes your licence key to be able to record deployments to New Relic.


Server provisioning

Ukraine's server has its configuration management in another repository. Once you've run the server provisioning tasks you can follow the instructions below to deploy the application.


After provisioning your development server, set up and deploy using Mina:

bundle exec mina ukraine-dev setup
bundle exec mina ukraine-dev deploy

# Now you can load people data
bundle exec mina ukraine-dev rake[application:load:ukraine:people]

# And some vote data
bundle exec mina ukraine-dev rake[application:load:ukraine:vote_events[2015-07-14]]

# Setup caches
bundle exec mina ukraine-dev rake[application:cache:all_except_member_distances]

# Then build the index so search works
bundle exec mina ukraine-dev rake[searchkick:reindex:all]

To deploy to the production server, replace ukraine-dev with ukraine-production in the deploy command:

bundle exec mina ukraine-production deploy

Other Credits

This project uses some icons from the noun project under under creative commons licenses:


Helping you find out if your MP represents you by analysing their votes in Ukraine's parliament for you.







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