Waterloo Region Votes

Your Information Hub for the 2018 Municipal Election

Waterloo Region Votes is a nonpartisan initiative to increase voter engagement during this fall's municipal election.

Many people say, "I didn't realize there was an election" or "I did not feel informed enough to vote". Our goal is to fix that.

In particular, we aim to:

  • Make it easy for you to find out who is running in your geographic area.
  • Make it easy for you to learn more about these candidates so you can cast an informed vote. To this end, we link to candidate websites, upcoming all-candidates meetings, candidate surveys, and other relevant information.
  • Make it easy for you to understand how the municipal election is structured, what different elected officials do, and a sense of how municipal politics affects your life.

Who is Responsible for This?

This site is a project of CivicTechWR, a local group that attempts to improve the lives of residents in Waterloo Region through civic technology.

You can join us! Come to one of our meetups at https://meetup.com/CivicTechWR/ to get involved.

If you want to get in touch, email us at civictechwr.wrvotes@gmail.com .

How to Help

Use the site! Learn about the election so you can cast an informed vote. If there are aspects of the site that are confusing or misleading, let us know.

Spread the word! Encourage your friends, family, and social media contacts to use this site, especially if they are not engaged in municipal politics already. There are convenient sharing links at the bottom of each page on the site.

Improve the content! Are we missing information about candidates, events, questionnaires or news coverage? Contact us at civictechwr.wrvotes@gmail.com and submit it to the site. Crowdsourcing resources helps improve the site for everyone. We currently could really use help with:

  • Monitoring local news media
  • Monitoring Facebook and Twitter for election-related news and events
  • Tracking down candidate information (especially websites)
  • Contacting neighbourhood associations and other local groups
  • Helping with promotion