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Vote Compass launches in Ontario

U of T Mississauga professor oversees site analytics

Vote compass (Photo by Big Stock)

Starting today, people will be able to log onto Vote Compass to find out how their views compare with those of the political parties in the upcoming provincial election.

Vote Compass invites users to respond to a series of questions on political issues and provides a personal assessment in which their responses are compared to those of the political parties.

“This is primarily an educational tool with the objective of stimulating discussion on issues and promoting voter engagement,” said University of Toronto Mississauga political scientist, Peter Loewen, director of analytics for Vote Compass.  

Vote Compass is offered in partnership with CBC and hosted on the CBC website. 

“Vote Compass was incredibly popular during the recent federal election, helping Canadian increase their awareness of the issues and how their own attitudes line up with party platforms,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief, CBC News.  “As a public broadcaster, it is important for us to engage people in democracy at all levels.”  

More than 1 million Canadians used Vote Compass in the last federal election.

Other sponsors include the Mowat Centre and the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship.  Vote Compass is an academic project developed by a volunteer team of Canadian political scientists, overseen by an advisory board comprised of the country’s most prominent scholars in the study of electoral politics.

Visit Vote Compass to participate.

September 22, 2011

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