The Internet has opened up endless opportunities for public engagement in politics; Voteopolis seeks to enhance that engagement. We offer users a variety of features to help them understand and participate in politics, including:
Citizens struggle to follow political changes. With so many bills before Congress at any give time, it is a tall order just to find out about all relevant legislative proposals, let alone to assess if they are likely to pass. Voteopolis provides detailed updates on all important bills before Congress. Not only do we summarize the bills’ key provisions, but we also tell you who sponsored them, and we assess how likely they are to pass and where they currently are in the legislative process as accurately as possible. We strive to offer objective coverage of all laws, avoiding partisanship in favor of cold, hard facts.
A Profile On The Process
The ability to track legislation is useful, but it won’t do you much good unless you already understand how the legislative process works. If the complicated language of government is Greek to you, worry not; we’ll walk you through it. We provide detailed information on everything that has to happen for a bill to become a law. We also illuminate executive orders, filibusters, regulatory powers, and all other legislative activities. Whether you have a master’s degree in political science or have never studied government in you’re life, we'll ensure you know everything you need to navigate and understand the site.
Many citizens’ greatest wish is to have increased influence over the political process, especially when it isn’t an election year. A petition is one of the most effective ways to show lawmakers what you think and how many people support you, which is why Voteopolis provides its users with tools to make and publicize petitions. Through our site, you can quickly turn your thoughts and ideas into a coherent petition, and then begin networking with other people who would be willing to sign it. We also provide a search form to help you explore the other petitions that users have already posted, allowing you to contribute your efforts to existing causes rather than starting new ones. Through our site, you can play a powerful role in the political process no matter how far away the next election is.
To vote or comment on petitions, you must apply for Citizen Member status. This involves confirming your identity through Facebook or over the phone; you do not need to provide an ID. To post or edit petitions, you must attain become a WikiPolis Member, which involves giving us your telephone number and showing a valid form of identification.
Voting On Voteopolis
In addition to posting and editing petitions, Citizen-level users have the option of voting on the site’s posts. By voting on each blog post, Citizen Members can express their views on the quality of the writing and the importance of the issue covered. This sends a powerful message to other users and contributors about which issues should be covered heavily.
In today’s highly polarized world, finding a space for reasoned debate and free expression of opinions can be difficult. Thus in addition to providing you with information, Voteopolis also serves as a forum for the free exchange of ideas and opinions. Through our comment section, Citizen-level users can express their views, engage in respectful discussions, and interact with others of all opinions and backgrounds. We strive to create a nonpartisan environment, where all are free to speak but no opinions are valued more than others. As long as you treat other users with respect, all of your posts will be displayed freely for all to see.
Our comment section is only the beginning of our effort to facilitate the free exchange of ideas. In addition to letting you leave comments, we also encourage you to make your own blog posts for the site, and as with the rest of Voteopolis, the environment is open and nonpartisan. Users can blog on any issue related to politics, so long as they are respectful of all other users. We are especially welcoming of writers who want to cover political issues on the state level or in other countries, as these topics rarely come up on many forums. The more contributors we can attract of different backgrounds, interests, and knowledge bases, the more valuable Voteopolis will be to its readers. To upload a blog post, you must first attain WikiPolis status.
Work On Wikis
Publishing blogs and petitions isn’t the only privilege available to WikiPolis Members. Once you attain this status, you also have the option of creating or editing wiki entries. The wikis provide detailed information on committees, politicians, bills, and political parties, covering them in greater depth than blog posts can. If you have a knack for researching and summarizing the finer points of governance, we welcome your contribution.
Social Media Shares
Whether you have created a petition, written a blog post, or have a piece of news to share, distributing it quickly through social media is crucial to having the impact you desire. Our website thus provides direct links to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google, allowing you to publicize an important piece of content as soon as you discover it. We encourage you to share our site on social media, as this helps to expand our platform to everyone with valuable information or ideas. We also optimize our pages to be quickly shared over email.
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