Civic Engagement

Voting App

Lack of information and limited understanding is one of the critical factors that is often sited by voters as their reason for not voting. We’d like to prototype a county-specific voter app that at minimum:

1) Clearly and objectively translates what’s on the ballot from legal jargon to a clear, simple, unbiased question

2) Provides links to voting recommendations (or endorsements) from several varied local organizations (example, SAVE Dade, The Miami Herald, EmergeMiami, Faith Based orgs, and etc.)

3) Shows nearby early voting locations, voter registration days, a countdown to election day

4) Allows for connections to social media to tell you who of your friends has voted (on election day), post when you have voted as well as to post questions

5) Provide a sharing option so that information can be forwarded/shared with family and friends

6) Provide information on voting locations, as well as pop up reminders

8) Tracks voting events and results (ie. watch parties and voting parties)

Who are you?

Co-founder and Creative Interventions + Implementations Lead for Urban Impact Lab. UI Lab's mission is to design urban experiences that cultivated civic innovation. To date, we have worked on various projects & initiatives to make Miami amazing.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

It focuses directly on impacting civic and community engagement. Voter turnout has declined steadily in Miami, especially on non-presidential years. Local elections have the most direct affect on citizens, but these elections record ever decreasing voter turnout numbers. Lack of awareness and/or information on the candidates and the issues continues to be listed as a major factor.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

The data point this project hopes to address is the "voter participation rate".

Voter participation in Miami-Dade County was barely over 40% this year. Whereas in comparison, voter turnout in 2012 was at 67%.

Please give examples of your project's success.

We would use metrics that capture:
- Count of amount of downloads of the app
- Tracking of citizen engagement metrics ie. how many times the information on the app is shared
- Page views within the app.
- Amount of time spent in the app

Organization Name (or individuals name) Urban Impact Lab

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