Follow the candidates and issues for the 2010 Municipal Election on the new RTH Elections website.
By RTH Staff
Published September 17, 2010
With the 2010 Municipal Election coming up on October 25, Raise the Hammer is proud to launch the RTH Elections site, an interactive live database of candidates, policy questions and responses.
The main page for the 2010 Hamilton Municipal Election includes a list of all the candidates with their contact information and a list of questions that we have posed with links to their responses.
Also, take note of the design and layout for the RTH Elections site. It provides a sneak peak of the planned redesign of the main RTH site, which will be ready to go live Real Soon Now. The redesign was generously provided by our friends at factor[e] design initiative, who insist it was entirely selfish as they have to look at RTH when they visit it.
Of course, we also plan to ask the candidates several policy questions during the election campaign, and you can read the responses as we receive them.
So far, we have results for the first question we posed to the 85 candidates registered to run for the City's 15 wards and the mayoralty:
For your campaign, will you be accepting donations from corporations or unions? If so, why? If not, why not?
So far, 39 candidates have responded. 26 replied that they will not accept donations from corporations or unions, and 13 replied that they will accept donations from corporations, unions or both.
In all cases, candidates were also to provide explanations for their decisions and you can read their explanations on the site.
We also believe in sharing this data as widely as possible so that more information can get into the hands of more voters. As a result, you can also access our underlying data programmatically via a simple, straightforward web service API that delivers the site's election data in JSON format.
Note: the data is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Licence.
The baseline candidate data comes from the City of Hamilton's Nominated Candidates/Nomination Forms page.
The source code for that page is a complete mess (seriously, view the source - they manually lined up the columns of tabular data with lots of non-breaking spaces), so we wrote a quick script to grab and parse the data into a list of objects.
We checked the formatted candidate data manually, and then imported it into our database. From there we contacted candidates to ask if they have campaign websites, and have updated our data as they respond.
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