- Digital democracy campaigner: “It’s a trade secret that during elections candidates will generally only knock on the doors of people who they think might vote for them. This shuts the door on democratic engagement for everyone else”.
Voters are used to candidates knocking on their doors during elections – but should 2019 be the General Election where voters use technology to canvass candidates?
A Digital Democracy campaign is urging voters to electronically knock on the doors of candidates during General Election 2019 – rather than waiting for candidates to come to them.
The Digital Democracy campaign has developed a free app called Rate Your Leader which allows confirmed voters to communicate directly with the elected representatives from their phones or tablets in a way which makes abuse impossible, as well as rating them for responsiveness.
In a Christmas election where darkness starts to fall at 3.30pm and in a month where over 3 inches or rain is expected to fall, the campaign believes digital technology could be the only opportunity voters have to engage with candidates in the entire election.
Campaign founder Joel Popoola said:
“Generally speaking an election is the only time that you’re likely to meet your local representative face to face. But when it comes to canvassing it’s a trade secret that during elections candidates will generally only knock on the doors of people who they think might vote for them. This shuts the door on democratic engagement for everyone else.
“Every day technology means that you don’t have to wait for your local MP to knock on your door any more. Apps like Rate Your Leader let you tell them what matters to you from your phone or tablet, without even having to get up to open the door.
“But things have to be kept courteous and kind. That’s why our app makes abusive communication impossible.
“A General Election is about being heard – but that doesn’t just have to mean when the votes are in”.
The Rate Your Leader app is available from the Apple and Google Marketplaces. The app has a five star rating on the Google market, with one reviewer writing “This is the new level of politics…better communication of leaders with the electorates and accountability”.
An ever-increasing number of MPs, councillors, MEPs and Police & Crime Commissioners have already taken advantage of the free democracy app to stay in touch with the people who elect them and to get their message out to confirmed voters in their constituencies, helping them truly understand what matters most to the people who elect them.