Vote Compass

0963ad60d9ba11e5977177527b345482_inset_imageVote Compass, an interactive electoral literacy tool which was launched shortly after the election was called. It is being used for the first time in Australia during the 2013 election campaign and has drawn almost 500,000 responses in its first three days. Vote Compass is a tool developed by political scientists at the University of Toronto in partnership with the Melbourne School of Government, the University of Sydney and the ABC. It offers an accessible framework for learning about party platforms, stimulates discussion on a wide variety of election issues, and encourages democratic participation within the electorate. Vote Compass enables voters to compare their views with the platforms of political parties, while also building an expansive database of public opinion for academic research. Dr Aaron Martin and Nicholas Reece from the Melbourne School of Government have been heavily involved in the development of Vote Compass for Australia. Vote Compass is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan organisation. More information about Vote CompassGo to the 2013 Australian Election Vote Compass Video of Melbourne School of Government’s Dr Aaron Martin discussing Vote Compass on ABC News 24