PollVault Lets You See Your Ballot Before You Hit the Polls
You can pretty much do anything online these days. Shop, play games, study, set your DVR, even watch a live baby panda. The one thing you can't do yet? Vote.
When it comes to Election Day, U.S. citizens still need to mail in a form or truck out to their local polling places to cast their vote. That may one day change, however, especially if PollVault has anything to say about it! The nonpartisan organization's new Web application "See Your Ballot" is a powerful new resource for voters, regardless of political party.
PollVault's user-friendly interface lets you type in your zipcode and see all the candidates running in your district. That's more than 12,000 candidates from over hundreds of state and local ballots. The key to its success? Crowdsourcing.
With the simple digital ballot, you can select up to 10 advisors to see which candidates they're supporting. How do you pick your advisors? Simple. It can be any of your friends or family, or select organizations including Sierra Club, the NRA and The New York Times.
The goal of the site is to educate. Rather than stepping into a voting booth unprepared and seeing a number of options you have no idea about, "Show Your Ballot" lets you easily do your homework ahead of time. You can comment on specific candidates, read up on platforms, and learn about each candidate’s background.