A Social Network for Civic Engagement
Ulection connects candidates, elected officials and citizens in a free and easy-to-use platform. Simply visit your location page to discover, engage with and learn about your candidates and elected officials who have joined Ulection. Share posts and events to your location, college campus or followers. Sign up today to help modernize the way candidates run for office and how we all participate in civic life together. Be engaged and informed. Created by citizens for everyone.
Candidates, elected officials and citizens who sign up on Ulection each receive a customized profile. Candidates must verify their account before they display under their respective location, election and current office (if applicable). Organizing candidates by location and election allows citizens to easily find and interact with those running in elections in which they are eligible to vote. Candidates can create posts (issues, interviews, speeches and polls) and events that are tagged to specific topics and locations. Organizing posts and events by topic and location allows citizens to easily learn about and engage with candidates. Additionally, each post and event that is created appears within the user's profile -- serving as a way to highlight the topics that a user has shared. Citizens can quickly view the list of topics to see where their candidate's views align with their own. A candidate's profile also has a customized feature allowing them to recruit citizens to join their campaign to do door knocking, phone banking, or host an event, among other campaign-related tasks. When candidates use Ulection to reach voters they engage a younger generation that is online and reach voters without spending money.
Elected officials must verify their account before they display under their respective location and office. Organizing politicians by location and office allows citizens to easily find and interact with their representatives. Elected officials can create posts (issues, interviews, speeches and polls) and events that are tagged to specific topics and locations. Organizing posts and events by topic and location allows citizens to easily find relevant information pertaining to their community. Additionally, each post and event that is created appears within the user's profile -- serving as a way to highlight the topics that a user has shared. Citizens can quickly view the list of topics to see whether their representative has or has not written on a topic they are interested in. Elected officials can view the demographic data (location, age, gender, ethnicity and party) of those who rate their posts so they can learn how their policy proposals and views are being perceived by their community.
Citizens can create posts (issues, polls, interviews and speeches) and events that are tagged to specific topics and locations. By following fellow citizens who share their views they can create a network that is capable of organizing for issues and causes. When a citizen rates posts created by elected officials and candidates they provide feedback that is used to gauge whether a policy proposal or viewpoint is popular or should be reconsidered. Citizens can also join a candidates campaign to volunteer in various ways including door knocking, phone banking, and hosting events. The ability to create events allows citizens to join together to make their voices heard when there is an issue or cause that their representative is not taking appropriate action on. When citizens are engaged with their representatives, candidates and community issues on Ulection more democratic policies can be shaped, better candidates can win elections and a more cohesive community can be formed.
Every city, county and state in the US has its own page. Elected officials and candidates are organized into their respective location based on the information they select when setting up their profile. This allows people to quickly find and engage with their elected officials and candidates. In addition to highlighting the candidates and elected officials, all posts and events created by users in that location are shown. These posts and events can be further broken down by topic, rating, time of post and type of user who created the post. This allows people to quickly find topics they are interested in that are being discussed in their community. A feature that is currently being created is called News and will allow verified (and credible) journalists to tag their news stories to specific locations and topics. This will allow people to quickly find news that is relevant to their community and interests. The Ulection locations feature makes it easy to be civically engaged.
Every election has its own dedicated page highlighting the candidates running as Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Greens, Libertarians and Nonpartisan. The candidates are organized based on their user-generated approval rating. This simple comparison makes it easy for voters to discover all of the candidates running in elections in which they are eligible to vote. By including candidates from all parties on the same page this helps voters learn of all their choices. When candidates are placed on the same playing field this increases the chances of the best candidate winning the primary and general election -- not the one with the most money to spend on advertising their name.
The Ulection post box is a sophisticated tool that allows users to share what they want with who they want. Post types include: issues, polls, interviews, speeches and events. Each type of post can be tagged to a specific topic and an audience ranging from followers, location, groups, profile only or everyone. Polls give users the flexibility of creating their own response options. Events give users the ability to select a location and time. Each post can contain a photo and/or video from Youtube. This simple, yet detailed post mechanism helps persuade users to create thoughtful and meaningful posts and events.
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