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Voting Advice Application for Senate and Provincial Elections 2016

Year of granting the aid: 2016
Realisation date: 01.07.2016 - 30.11.2016
Amount: 100 000 CZK
Organization: KohoVolit.eu

For decades, one of the major problems that plagues European democracies has been the steady decrease in a voter turnout. Since the late 90’s, this issue became relevant for the Czech Republic as well. There are a number of reasons for this decrease, but among the major causes stands the fact that the public space is flooded with political communication and the voter, who is overwhelmed, then lacks a simple, effective criterion to make his of her decision. It is difficult or impossible to compare the numerous and often vast party manifestos, or to judge effectively the way a party voted throughout its years in the legislature.
Both if these issues are potentially solved with the use of a Voting Advice Application (VAA), an electronic questionnaire that compare the answers of the user with answers from all political parties (and candidates in terms of Senate elections). As an opinion test, the VAA enables a wholesale comparison of party manifestos and a voter’s opinions, whereas as an inventory of votes, the VAA allows the voters to judge the way a party has represented him or her during its time in office.