Candidate Identification System (CIS)

 

The main ongoing task of the organization is to identify where a candidate stands on issues and to track their performance on those issues once in office in order to maintain the endorsement.

The output of this effort is useful to the organization for vetting and endorsement purposes, as well as extremely valuable to the organization's membership as they prepare to cast their vote. Members can rely on the organization to provide timely and accurate details for each candidate as they relate to polices which members favor and want to see implemented.

Beyond the singular act of endorsement, the primary piece of information our members need is an easy to understand labeling scheme where by a voter can readily identify candidates that more closely align with their own views on a host of important policy planks. A visual display of this information in a condensed form will be the most effective and easy to understand tool for the members to use in their decision making.

This tool can also be used among voting blocs (or factions) as a means to identify potential alliances and trades that may be agreed upon within the organization, from time to time.

The following is an example of the type of graphic and information content that should be the most effective in terms of helping facilitate all of the above. It is loosely based on how cannabis plants are categorized based on their chemical makeup.

I know what you must be thinking… was I stoned when I came up w this? Well, review the following and judge for yourself.

This “strain fingerprint” graphic gives an indication of the level of simplicity that would be desirable from a member point of view.

 

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The outer ring can be used like a pie chart to show the candidate's overall position on the organization's major policy thrust which is People over Profit (99% vs 1%). It represents the organizations level of endorsement strength. A minimum level of (TBD: 60%) would be required to get, and keep,  an endorsement by the organization.

The top half of the bar charts would indicate a candidate's strength in favor of 5 specific key policy issues that affect voters on a local to national level

The bottom half of the bar chart would indicate how well the candidate identifies across 5 somewhat related policy areas that deal with institutional and government level policy which affect voters on a national to international level.

Unlike the Strain Fingerprint™ , the ring and bars would be on an absolute scale, not a relative scale, so that candidates can be compared directly side-by-side using only the visual proportions. The values would not be needed.

As an illustration, say the 10 bar charts represent with the following policy categories:

     |    Education   | Environment |      Society     |    Economy    |      Health        |
       =============================================================
     |       Media       |      Energy      |  Gov Affairs   | Foreign Pol  |     Justice       |

An example of how this would work in practice, using the graphic indicators above as they are shown but using the policy categories instead... is that a voter would be able to tell at a glance that this candidate (Ms Diesel we will call her) has:

  • An overall endorsement score well over 90%
  • A limited number of good polices on Media in general but almost no specifics on Education
  • Extensive policy ideas on Energy as well as a great many specifics on how that affects our Environment
  • Some policies specific to Gov Affairs, but only limited specifics on the Society issues that result from them
  • Extensive Foreign Policy portfolio with only moderate support for how those polices impact our domestic Economy
  • Some clearly defined policies on the Justice agenda coupled with slightly less detailed set of Heath policy plans

 

As part of the vetting process a candidate would express positions on each of these policy categories by providing detailed policy directions / goals within each subcategory.

     |    Education   | Environment |      Society     |    Economy    |      Health        |

        Youth                 Air & Water       Safety Net          Inequality         Health Care
        Science&Tech   Habitat              Social Security   Jobs                 Drug Abuse
        Space               Public Land       Guns                  Privatization     Family Planning
        Research          Animal Welfare  Homelessness   Wall St              Nutrition
        College             Agriculture         Housing             Unions              Rx Cost
                 Food Security    Min Wage                                  Medicare
     

     |       Media       |      Energy      |  Gov Affairs   | Foreign Pol  |     Justice       |

         Free Speech     Climate Chg     Elections           Diplomacy         Civil Rights
         Telecom             Fracking          Infrastructure    National Sec      Racism
         Privacy               Env Justice      Intelligence       Military              Prisons
         FCC                   Renewables    Taxes&Budget   Immigration       Woman's Rights
         USPS                 Efficiency        Transportation    Indigenous       Abortion
         Net Neutrality    Sustainability   Trade                 Veterans           Religion
                                                          Small Business                           Criminal Justice

There is a kind of policy symmetry to be noted about the vertical axis here: 

    On either side of Gov Affairs and how that affects the Society we live in;
    there is Energy and how that affects our Environment on one side
    while Foreign Policy and how that affects our Economy is on the other.
    And at the four corners we have Media which affects our Education,
    balanced with Justice which affects the overall Health of society.