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Esek Hopkins was the brother of Stephen Hopkins, Governor of Rhode Island and Signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was appointed the first Commander of the Continental Navy in 1775. A few months later, the Continental Congress declared independence, and Commander Hopkins suddenly became the most powerful naval officer in the new United States. Despite their decision to bestow this position on him, Commander Esek Hopkins held the Continental Congress in very low regard.…

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve added a few enhancements to Alignvote. Summary of Sentiment How are end-users answering the survey? Now you can see a summary. From the Voters Guide homepage, see the “Voter Sentiment” section. This shows you a rolled-up summary of how people are answering the quiz. As clearly described at the top of the page, this is NOT a scientific poll, nor is it represented as such. There are numerous…

I’ve added a Discussion Board for Alignvote. This will make it easier to share videos, media and links to articles about the issues in the Seattle City election. I’ve added the latest debate videos to the appropriate City Council District topic areas. The one rule: Be Nice, Be Respectful. Visit the discussion board here.

On average, campaigns directly spent $21.96 per vote in the August 6th Seattle City Council Primary Election. Which Seattle City Council Primary candidates spent the most/least per vote? Based on preliminary numbers of direct expenditures and votes counted as of 8:00PM last night, here’s a chart. Names in bold are, at this writing, most likely to move on to the general November 5th election, though these names could change as the remaining votes come in.…

Alignvote now provides a single rollup page showing funds raised, district-by-district, for the Seattle City Council race. Data is as reported to, and by, the Seattle Election Commission. Example, first four districts as of July 18 2019 You can find the link to the rollup page on the home page of alignvote.com.

Alignvote now displays the most recently available Campaign Financial Data for each campaign, as reported by the Seattle Election Commission. Campaign financial data is displayed for all campaigns, and includes Expenditures, Cash on Hand and Balance, as well as a summary of Contributions to Date. Alignvote checks for updates daily. A link is provided for voters to easily visit the Seattle Election Commission for more detail. Example of how Campaign Financial Data is displayed Alignvote…

Alignvote now displays Candidate Videos in your ranking results, as provided by The Seattle Channel. These short video statements help you get to know each candidate a bit better. Example of Video Display Videos are only shown for Participating Candidates. “Participating Candidates” simply means that they took the time to answer the Alignvote Survey via their private dashboard. Alignvote doesn’t charge candidates or voters any fee. Participating candidates get several free benefits, including: Improved Profile…

As mentioned in the announcement post a few weeks ago, one work item we hadn’t implemented was shuffling candidate display order in the case of ties. The fact that the scores were tied has always been shown, but the sequence in which they were displayed was not shuffled. Alignvote is now shuffling candidate display order at score calculation time in the case of pure ties. In addition, I’ve gone back through the logs and run…