Question: Does the App collect data?
User privacy, security and trust are of paramount importance to ThinkVoting and critical to our long term success. The app currently collects anonymous user data for internal use to improve the technology and gauge effectiveness of application components before and during an election. Though we are collecting data, we will never distribute any user specific identifying data, specific location, or email address. Period. In the future we will use generic geographical data and user interactions to determine important information such as – What issues are most important to voters in a particular area? After all, how can someone represent you if they don’t know what you think? We aim to create the best technology that is engineered to enable you to easily and effectively provide information, and do so in a responsible and trustworthy way.
Eventually we also hope to allow users to create profiles that will enable them to recall past elections and help them match with future candidates. This will require a data transaction where the users will be able to opt-in. Having you, the user, opt-in (or not) allows you the control to exchange that data. As we stated, the more the candidates know about US, VOTERS, the better it is, and the more influence we will have. However, we at ThinkVoting take privacy, security, and choice very seriously so it will always be YOUR decision.
We will continue to strive to improve our practices to ensure absolute trust and security amongst our users and growing community. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for any specific questions regarding privacy. We’d love to hear what you THINK.
Question: Currently the app is not in my city. When will we get our version of The Voting App?
Short answer: As soon as possible. We are raising funds to launch nationwide by the 2016 Presidential Election.
We’re just getting started with our plans. We partnered with the League of Women Voters to launch our first Beta release in Austin, TX to test our assumptions that people actually want these sort of tools and will use them if they know about them. Suffice it to say that the initial launch was a successful test of that assumption. We also needed to test in a small area to make sure that we “get it right.” The space of politics is frequently perceived by many as a den of empty promises. We don’t want to fall into this category by over promising and under delivering, especially to voters.
We head to San Antonio next where we are launching The Voting App for their Municipal Election in April and May. We are getting out in front of this election with improvements to our technology from lessons learned in the Austin launch. We are testing our ability to engage and organize outreach with local organizations around voting. We’ve already partnered with the LWV and several other organizations, and from here we will take this model to other cities across the nation.
Contact us at email@example.com if you are part of an organization who seeks to improve your local voter turnout so that we may begin those conversations with you right away.