The Online Election Hustings is a place where people ask questions, and other people - non-aligned, party activists, or candidates themselves - answer them. Anybody whether they're a logged in member or not can ask a question, but only logged in members can answer them; logged in members can also upvote questions, and questions asked by logged in members automatically start off higher up the list than questions asked anonymously.
When you register you declare what - if any - affiliation you might have; people who share affiliations with people who answer questions will ultimately have the ability to verify answers as being good representatives of that party's view. Questions answered by candidates show up higher up the list, so you can get a better feel for how that party views any given issue.
As a social network for democracy, the Online Election Hustings works best when you, the users, help support and promote it - share its existence with your friends, ask and answer questions, and persuade your candidates and party workers to register and join in the discussions too.
Will the proposed boundary changes change the way you vote on the 2017 election?
What can the mayor deliver? in West Midlands, Combined Authority metro-mayor elections 2017 - 0 answers
All the candidates have made various promises as part of their manifestos. But given the limitations of having to also work with the constituent councils, the limited funding available, and the actual limits of their constitutionally granted power, how much of the candidates' promises is actually deliverable?
Increasing public engagement in local democracy in West Midlands, Combined Authority metro-mayor elections 2017 - 0 answers
Arguably local democracy is the most important facet of our tradition of democracy, but is the area which the public tends to be least interested in. How would you increase public interest and engagement in local democracy in the lead up to future local and mayoral elections?
West Midlands' arts and culture in West Midlands, Combined Authority metro-mayor elections 2017 - 0 answers
How would you prioritise funding and / or other support for the West Midlands' art and culture scene in the context of ongoing council funding cutbacks?
Arts, culture, and media, Economy
The following forthcoming election hustings have been registered so far:
General election - Constituencies
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Local elections - Councils
Add a new council for the 2015 Local Elections if you're logged in.
Local elections - Wards
Add a new ward for the 2015 Local Elections if you're logged in.
This is currently a work in progress in public beta; Additional planned features and fixes of minor annoyances being worked on include:
- Improvements to mobile views,
- Profile editing (including the ability to change a forgotten password) and display,
- RSS feeds of questions and answers,
- Improved searching and sorting of questions and answers,
- The ability to report abuse,
- The ability for people to upvote answers given by people with whom they share party affiliations in order to verify trustworthy answers,
- The ability to designate individual elections to follow on a My Elections page,
- The ability to designate individual contributors to follow on a My Friends page,
- General visual design improvements, and
- Anything else we can think of.