At VoteBetter our mission is to help students and student representatives alike navigate the landscape of student campus politics, form a collective voice on the issues they care about, and effectively organize for advocacy and change.
Through a platform that is simple to use and easy to navigate
By way of accurate and timely information
Action through civic engagement and dialogue
Feel well-informed on the organizational structure of their student government (e.g. roles and responsibilities of elected representatives, who they report to, how they work together and make decisions).
Didn’t vote in an election because they didn’t know enough about the candidates or their platforms.
Feel it is easy to compare candidates during a campus general election.
Are confident that they can share their concerns and ideas with candidates running for office.
Believe that their student body representatives will deliver on their platforms when in office.
Data collected from Survey on the State of Student Politics at Ryerson University, January 2019.
We know we can do better!
Brush up on your knowledge of campus politics by accessing important information about the structure, processes, and role of your student organization right in the palm of your hand.
Making constitutions and bylaws easy to understand
Content from contributors who have previous experience in office
Convenient reference point during election season
Say goodbye to information overload. VoteBetter features all individuals running for office in one place so you can finally accomplish what you set out for- getting to know your candidates.
Levels the playing field for independent candidates
Frees up reserved domain funds for other campaign investments
Relief from the time crunch involved in designing your own website from scratch (p.s. you can still add a link to your page once it’s complete)
Whether you have a concern about transportation or a proposal for a new student service, bring your thoughts to the forefront of political debate and foster dialogue around issues that are important to you.
Stay on top of hot topic issues that matter most to your peers
Test your assumptions of student needs and concerns
Engage with constituents through in-app commenting
Active candidates will be prompted to respond to the top three up-voted topics for their respective position, empowering you to make the decision on who earns your vote.
Keep track of what your counterparts are offering the student body
Receive notifications when your competitors change their platforms
Easily update your profile to address hot topics and concerns
Stay on top of the execution of campaign promises with polimeters specifically designed for each elected executive representative. Meters are updated daily and linked to social media and local news networks you know and trust.
Like you, we know that transparency and accountability are more than just buzzwords. Keep your constituents in-the-know with a tried and true tool for demonstrating political integrity.
A peer-to-peer forum for additional content to enhance your civic experience on campus. If there’s a question that the community can’t answer, we’ll do the research for you, send an inquiry to the student organization on your behalf, and update the page as soon as we hear back.
Spreading awareness on topics such as:
Different ways to keep your elected representatives in check
The feasibility of promises made on the campaign trail
Past accomplishment of your student organization
Respond to your messages all in one place. Follow outspoken community members who advocate for issues that are important to you and receive a notification when they make a post.
This feature that was specifically designed with you in mind- because leadership is more than a title and advocacy doesn’t just happen when you are in office.
Network with other thought leaders on campus
Recruit individuals to your slate
Effectively manage and coordinate campaign volunteers
VoteBetter is an excellent tool for student candidates and voters alike by making information vastly accessible. This helps student groups to be more transparent and leads to greater representative responsibility.
Every student is responsible for making their degree the most it can be, and the only way to do that is to involve yourself in your school and its reputation. Politics and effective organizing are the way to do this successfully.
As students, we are able to shape the community we learn and grow from through our voices. We are all busy with our studies, and have little time to fact check platforms, making accessibility and transparency of utmost importance to making informed decisions so we can better our student community.
The temporary opportunity to share your insights and ideas with student government is an opportunity to indirectly improve the futures of countless others. Luckily, promise trackers and advocacy tools like this one are here to make engagement easy. It's easy and it's right.
A platform like VoteBetter is something that would have enabled me to be more informed during campus elections when I was a student. The additional functionality enabling the comparison of candidates and providing an open forum where students can voice their concerns will definitely be a game changer.
Without transparency, we cannot hope to have student involvement. The better students understand what they're voting for, the more informed their decisions will be.
Student organizations from different postsecondary schools can benefit from using VoteBetter. The platform can be used for civic engagement within different levels of student government (e.g. program/course unions, faculty societies, as well as the student organization on campus at large). During sign-up, users will be asked to indicate the campus they are affiliated with so that they can be connected to the corresponding online community.
No. VoteBetter is currently in the early stages of development. The purpose of this landing page is to share the concept and proposed features of VoteBetter with postsecondary students and gauge public interest in the platform. If you haven't already, please let us know what you think!
From the get-go, the development of VoteBetter has been informed by the experiences of students. We take pride in being aggressively driven by the needs and interests of the postsecondary community and are always looking for additional team members. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about opportunities to work with us.