By Ben Matasar of Portland, Oregon. Ben is a software engineer and political activist.
As a guy who works on a web database for a living, I'm always thinking about how it might be possible to help out my favorite causes and candidates via the web.
As a board member (on hiatus) of the Bus Project, I'm interested in ways to increase turnout. I've tried various things in the past, mostly internal tools to help build walklists and such.
How it works
VoteTrack OR collects just enough information to search for you in a voter database. Then, it takes you to your personal dashboard, where you can check on your ballot or invite friends to do the same. Now that ballots are out, we'll be updating your dashboard every day to reflect which of your friends have voted. So come back every day, and check which of your friends vote right away and which wait until the last second. You can also remind them via a "poke," which should be familiar to Facebook users.
Your dashboard includes the voting status of you and your friends. It looks like this:
A green checkmark means your friend has voted, a red box means they haven't, and a blue question mark means your friend hasn't signed up yet.