June - December 2016
Wow, that election season sucked. As we get more and more of our information from online, and by taking in so much more information daily than we used to, it can be really difficult to stay on top of an election. He said this, she said that, truth is mixed with lies, or lies are made out to be truth. I honestly don't understand why so many people on either side of the isle would rather lie to push their agenda than work together towards proper solutions based off of fact, but as a technologist I feel it's my job to sort through the muck and help people make clear choices. As a designer it's a fundemental part of my job.
I followed the election cycle pretty actively from early on and when the primaries rolled around in June I was met with a surprising realization when I opened up my ballot – I didn't know jack about anything except for a few presidential candidates. The presidential candidates only made up a small portion of the ballot yet 100% of my knowledge was in that bracket. How could I, as a caring citizen, possibly know how to vote for the local offices and measures? As I looked back and forth between my ballot and the Google search bar on my monitor, I realized I was in over my head. Surely there had to be a resource center that could help me out, right? Not really.
I started Politiclear on the mission to educate voters like myself. I wanted to create a virtual ballot that broke down every candidate and measure, local and national, into digestable information that the average person could and should need, and present it in a way that leaves the user better off when they leave than they were when they came in.
Heads up: There's a lot of politickin' comin' up, so if you're unable to see his face or her face without throwing a temper tantrum, you should just move on. The placeholder content I used are real politicians and real issues. What follows does NOT accurately reflect my political leanings. Some of it is accurate and some is not.