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Rate politicians on grassroots website
Rate Your Politician, billed as an “e-democracy” website for users in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales by its Belfast-based founders, provides a grassroots voting platform on politicians and political topics.
Users not only vote on the site, but are also allowed to set their own poll questions.
“It allows people to actively and in real-time rate politicians,” Patrick Lismore, 26, said in an interview. “People get to vote periodically, but this allows them to track politicians while they are in office.”
The site displays data culled from users on individual politicians and on such topics as MPs’ expenses, taxes, education, European currency and the environment.
Software engineer Lismore plans to promote sites for Ireland, Canada, the EU and the U.S. in an effort to increase its membership base and generate a global impact.
Ultimately, Lismore says he hopes the sites will collect information that will influence policy outcomes and “keep the government closer to the consent of the governed, thereby increasing its political legitimacy.”