Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be. – Sydney J. Harris
How does my vote count on VoterVillage?
VoterVillage improves communication with our elected representatives by measuring real public opinion, voter by voter and district by district, in a way that focuses on issues rather than personalities or political parties.
As this site adds up the results of each poll, they will be displayed for all to see. Beyond voting on polls, comments are invited from anyone who's voted on a poll. Comments gaining the most "LIKES" from other voters will rise to the top of each poll's results page. You may change your vote and invite friends to vote, comment, and LIKE other comments any time.
We'll serve the voters of all political parties (who are officially registered with the Board of Elections) with an honest and convenient public issues platform which invites respectful, articulate, and intelligent debate within local election districts.
We're committed to providing our members with UNBIASED, and TRANSPARENT voting and debates. We require all voters to provide real names and addresses when they register (so we can verify each registration with the Board of Elections and ensure each member votes only once on each poll) but we urge anonymity when selecting a "username" for this site (which can be changed by the user anytime). We require that each user first be an officially registered U.S. voter and we actively cross-check user registrations with their official local voting records (which are publicly available).
How did VoterVillage begin?
In January of 2011 my wife and I were driving back to NY from Washington DC, having just visited with our new congressman on his first day in office. We were invited because I'd helped him in the campaign, a first for me after 24 years of town and county politics.
We were standing in our Representative's office on his first day. There were a number of us from the district, joined by several lobbyists, who'd followed him back to his office after the swearing-in. The lobbyists were pressing their business cards into our Representative's hands and (though my wife and I would be leaving) the lobbyists were in Washington to stay and could visit regularly. I knew when we had something to say we could email, and we'd join a torrent of up to 35,000 emails and calls... per office... per month. (Do we really call that voter access?)
That day VoterVillage began to take shape in my mind. I'd built a few websites and I knew the web can connect people in powerful new ways. I wondered, why not build a website to connect voters directly with their Representative over the issues? Couldn't all voters be invited to a website that does that? Couldn't it be easy, friendly, secure, and display the results immediately for everyone to see? Doesn't each elected representative want to know more about what their constituents want? Shouldn't there be a 21st century way to hear from all of us? From all parties? Anytime, all the time?
An online feedback platform like this is what our political system needs, a simple conversation among the voters within each district. Everyone talking and the Representatives listening. I hope you'll join, vote, comment & share. ~ Jim Crawford