For Immediate Release
Columbia, SC─ July 1, 2013─ Voterheads, a Columbia-based start-up focused on civic engagement, announced today that it has officially launched its beta website for the Midlands area at www.voterheads.com. The company aims to provide one simple web platform for citizens to keep up with local government and school board issues that interest them and communicate easily with their elected officials.
Karl McCollester, CEO of Voterheads says, “We want to make democracy more user-friendly at every level, but in particular, at the local level where people can find information on what’s happening at local council meetings, school board meetings, and much more. With today’s technology, being an empowered citizen is overdue, and Voterheads is committed to making this possible.”
Last year, Columbia City Council passed a resolution endorsing the Voterheads venture and promised to work closely with the organization to help accomplish its goals.
“Voterheads is the best tool I have ever seen to engage voters,” said Tameika Isaac Devine, Columbia City Councilwoman at Large. “A lot of times, I find citizens want to be engaged but they do not know where to start. Voterheads makes it easy for citizens to be informed, engaged, and interact with their government.”
The beta version of Voterhead’s website currently enables citizens in the Midlands to create an account and select the organizations in their area and topics of interest (e.g. bike paths, subsidizing public transit, school vouchers, etc.) that they would like to monitor. They can comment and vote on items coming up in their council or school board meeting, allowing the elected officials know their views.
Over the next few weeks, Voterheads will be adding more features to the site to help empower citizens in more ways. The company will keep the public posted about new features and functionality through their blog, blog.voterheads.com.
Coming soon to Voterheads.com
• During election season, pull up your ballot with links to more information on incumbents, candidates, and referendums. Get a report card on how your elected officials have voted in comparison with your own votes.
Voterheads’ goal is to provide an ongoing social media platform and alert service to provide users with information and the ability to vote and comment on local public meeting agenda items in which they have an interest. The service puts forth user-friendly candidate research in the form of a sample ballot linking to news, blogs, and other information specific to each ballot name and item. For more information, visit www.voterheads.com and follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.