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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.

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…

I joined Ross Reynolds on Monday for a 15-minute interview on Alignvote. We discussed its origins, how it works, and what I’m trying to accomplish with the project. You can find it here on this page, about halfway down.

When you’ve completed the interview on Alignvote, you’ll get a result list of candidates in the race, sorted by how much they agree with you. You can now click the “Show Detail” button, and it will show you, issue by issue, whether the candidate is in alignment with you (thumbs-up) or not aligned with you (thumbs down): Example — for each candidate, you’ll see where you agree and disagree We hope this new level of…

Today I’m shipping several updates to Alignvote. These new features help voters share their rankings with others. This release also provides summarized Alignvote log data to participating candidates. Alignvote does not collect or store any personally identifiable information — this is just aggregated data on the user sessions as input by voters, including what issues and stances are most often input to the system, how strongly people feel about different issues, and how well the…