Interactive voter's guide available online

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A new style of voter’s guide is available for people eyeing their ballots as Election Day approaches.

CityClub, the University of Washington’s Center for Communication & Civic Engagement and its Department of Computer Science and Engineering developed the 2012 Living Voters Guide, which can be found at www.livingvotersguide.org.

The guide invites participants to discuss ballot measures together, to explore one another’s positions, and to build a personal, customized platform that will inform their final vote, according to a news release.

The guide has won several awards: first place for Social Venture Partners’ Social Innovation Fast Pitch award and “Best Overall App” and “Best State App” at the Evergreen App Challenge.

The tool has been used by nearly 25,000 state voters over two election cycles, according to the release.

Living Voters Guide 2012 includes six statewide measures and features the officially designated ballot titles and descriptions from the Office of the Secretary of State. Users can submit their pros and cons and take a position on each issue. A new component to the 2012 Living Voters Guide is on-demand “fact checking” provided by the Seattle Public Library.

Users can request a fact-check on a point submitted by another user. A librarian will respond and assign each claim a status of “accurate,” “questionable” or “unverifiable” and will post a response with further information and the sources used to evaluate the claim.

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