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July 24, 2009

GovIt – Get Engaged with Politics

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GovIt is a nonpartisan website which encourages you to vote on the legislation that matters to you most. Upon creating a free account, GovIt provides easy tools to research political issues and upcoming legislation, and ultimately enable you to cast your “vote” online. And it doesn’t end there. The best GovIt feature is that you can then compare your votes to your friends’ votes—and even more importantly, you can compare your votes to those of your political representatives. (When you sign up, you enter your zip code to get your local representatives). This makes the process of learning more about your representatives easier than ever before.

We like GovIt because it not only encourages you to become more knowledgable about issues that matter to you, but it allows you to interact with other members, encouraging your friends to get involved in the political process as well. You can also either send your vote or compose a message to send to your political representative directly through the site. All in all, GovIt is a great way to learn more about your representatives as well as an excellent place to interact with others about the political process.

Practical Uses:

  • Compare your votes to those of your friends
  • Conduct research for your political science class
  • Get the entire family involved in the political process
  • Brush up on the voting record of candidates running in the upcoming state senate election

Insider Tips:

  • Use “Find Members” to locate your friends
  • Click “Feedback” on the right hand side of the screen to send your opinions about the site
  • View “Most Votes” to see the most heated issues & debates

What we liked:

  • Encourages political participation
  • Convenient and fun way to research political candidates

What we didn’t like:

  • No confirmation that emails are sent to representatives

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Company Info:

  • Launched: April 2008
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Fransisco, California
  • Founded by: Taylor Norrish
  • Web site: http://www.govit.com

Costs:

  • Free