Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people have access to powerful tools on the web, that in-turn empowers them to do great things and publish amazing content. We feel the same way when it comes to democratizing, well, democracy — and in just a few weeks, citizens across the United States will have a unique opportunity to flex their political muscle and vote in the 2014 Midterm Elections.
For our part, we want to provide our US-based users a set of resources to help them make a smart, informed decision when it comes to who they will vote for. We also want to provide a toolkit so that they can get more information on where to vote, which issues are at stake and of course, after voting occurs, a way to show their pride and encourage others to go get out the vote.
We’ve teamed up with the good folks from The Pew Charitable Trusts, who, along with Google, and election officials nationwide, have developed the The Voting Information Project (VIP). Together, we’re offering cutting-edge tools that give voters access to the customized information they need to cast a ballot on or before Election Day. The Voting Information Project is offering free apps and tools that provide polling place locations and ballot information for the 2014 election across a range of technology platforms. The project provides official election information to voters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and voters can find answers to common questions such as “Where is my polling location?” and “What’s on my ballot?” through the convenience of their phone or by searching the web.
The only way a set of resources will be effective is if they make it into the right hands, so if you’re eligible to vote in the US Midterm Elections, take advantage of these tools and share them with your readers.
It’s super easy using the [voterinfotool] shortcode. Just create a new post or page and drop the shortcode in (or click here to create a new draft with the embed prefilled). If you want to customize the experience a bit more you can drop in code directly from the Voter Information Tool with options like height, width, and colors and we’ll convert it to a proper embed code.
After you vote, either by mail, or in early voting, OR on Election Day, please embed the I Voted badge into your WordPress.com site or blog and share it with your audience, along with friends throughout your social network. Here’s how to install the I Voted badge:
- Go to your blog’s dashboard.
- Look under the Appearance menu for the “Widgets” option.
- Locate the “I Voted” widget and drag it to the sidebar of your choosing.
- Give the widget a title (optional) and hit the save button. Your badge will now be displayed for all your readers to see.
Voting is our most fundamental responsibility as citizens — without it, our American democracy wouldn’t exist. WordPress.com is a platform that gives everyday people the ability to share their voice and we’re asking you to take advantage of this voice — by exercising your right to vote. We’re asking you for your help to spread the word, encourage participation and get out the vote on November 4th, 2014.
If you have any questions, please let them in the comments and we’ll be sure you help wherever we can. Thanks!
- Oct 27, 2014 @ 5:15 pm
I think it is important for a citizen to vote. When we do not go to the polls on voting day to caste our vote, we give room to what we do not like to prevail. It can also be interpreted to mean we are self-centered and think only of what interests us and not the common good. I think the value you place on your vote reflects the value you place on your voice and hence on yourself. Let’s go out and vote when we are expected to.
A great and superb idea. Just do not let the naysayers put any restriction on this like a “virtual poll tax” or some idiotic identity confirmation scheme to discourage encouraging vothing! Even though my newbie little blog has nothing to do voting it is going to receive this ‘treatment’ with a Be Sure and Vote post. Thanks so much!
We always vote early….look at the candidates…their voting records and position on issues….then we mark those who appear to want to get the job done and keep our democracy strong. If your voting place has an early voting….avoid the lines and do it early. Thank God we still have a say-so. Pass this on to the young people you know who are voting age….for our vets who fought for freedom are dying off rapidly.
Why isn’t the voting information online. Seems strange I have to download an app to find out this one time information, that’s a cumbersome way to get data.
Also ironically, the Pew Charitable Trust never surveys Native Americans and I can’t ever remember any of their polls including information on Native Americans even though they cover many other minorities.
I’m regsitered to vote in the US and will definitely be voting, but I have reservations about for profit companies, regardless of their namby pamby “values”, engaging in the electoral process in this manner. Both Automattic and Google have their own political perspective and would only be doing this because they see at as futhering their ability to make profits.