The Australian 2019 Federal Election was a divisive one. I found myself feeling completely disillusioned. I had no idea who to vote for. I didn't know who Scott Morrison or Bill Shorten was; nor did I know their policies. I didn't even know that the greens had a new leader...
I scoured through newspapers, government sites and flyers etc., and all I found was blurbs about franken credits and negative gearing. My voting potential had been aggregated down to an age and tax bracket.
I felt out of touch with the democratic process.
Australians have become so focused on what the government is going to do TO us when they get into power; we have forgotten that WE vote in parties based on what they can do for US!
So, what COULD the parties do for ME? What is each party putting forward as far as bills and policies. I researched and couldn't find an easily digestible way of understanding what each party and senator was putting forward to government and more importantly, how much time do I have so as to make an informed decision about what happens to me and my family.
Then I thought, can I aggregate government data. Can I present a non-biased window into bills, policies and other governmental information that is important to me on a federal, state and council level in a shortened format, like a facebook post, and allow the public to vote or comment on that governmental data then not only get instant feedback but also pass that vote and any feedback back to the sponsor.
Can I... WE... influence government.
WELCOME TO POLYVOTE.
Polyvote allows people to connect with their local representatives and inform them on the issues that are important to them. It also allows for people to vote and comment on local, state and national issues and also bills that are before the senate and house of representatives. Ultimately PolyVote is creating a community of people who are interested in the political landscape of this country, and more importantly giving them a voice that has been missing in this very critical process.