The 2016 election cycle is shaping up to be one of the most dramatic in modern history, and 9NEWS has a plan to help you weigh in and see who your friends are supporting at the same time.
9NEWS is joining forces with a non-partisan political website called ChangePolitics, where you can see who’s on your ballot, make endorsements of candidates, and see who your friends endorse to help you decide how you want to vote in the June 28 primary and Nov. 8 general election.
“In a world where 96 percent of elected officials are elected at the local level, voting all the way down the ballot matters,” says Nick Troiano, politics manager at Change Politics. “With Change Politics, we want to put voters back at the center of elections, and shift electoral influence from parties and paid ads to the information that comes from your trusted personal networks.”
The group envisions the platform as a way to help voters avoid feeling like they have no information on smaller races, who often choose a candidate at random or skip voting in certain races.
On the platform, you’ll be able to read reasons why others support certain candidates and advocate for those that you support by making endorsements of your own.
The group selected Colorado and California as test states, where endorsements can be made for June primaries. Later, the group plans to expand for the November general election.
This will be especially helpful in the crowded race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Colorado, where five candidates are on the ballot for the June 28 primary to compete against the incumbent,Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado).
Altogether, ChangePolitics currently displays 492 candidates and 254 races in Colorado. The 2014 primary featured only 18 percent voter turnout, due in part to the fact that only people registered to a party can vote in the Colorado primary and more than a third of the state’s voters are unaffiliated.
Changepolitics.org offers a unique digital opportunity to write and post your own endorsements for candidates as well as posting videos explaining your support.
By visiting ChangePolitics, you can enter your own address which will give you a customized ballot including everything you’ll be voting on in both the June 28 primary and eventually the general election in November.
The site counts endorsements for each candidate and organizes them according to how popular each endorsement is based on the opinions of other ChangePolitics.org users.
ChangePolitics is an offshoot of the non-partisan Change.org, where people create and join petitions on all sides of major issues. The idea is to take that same type of crowdsourcing and apply it specifically to elections.
You’ll have a special opportunity to use ChangePolitics on June 7, when 9NEWS hosts a live debate among the five candidates on the Republican primary ballot for U.S. Senate: Robert Blaha, Ryan Frazier, Darryl Glenn, Jack Graham and Jon Keyser. The debate is live on KTVD Channel 20 at 7 p.m. on Tuesday June 7, and live on 9NEWS.com.