We live in a representative democracy. Our power as citizens rests in choosing who is going to represent us by who we vote for.
At elections, it is up to us to select the candidates who we think are best qualified for the job.
CAPaD invites you to ask each candidate to tell you, at every election, why they are qualified to represent you, how they will strengthen democracy and how they are going to work for your electorate's interests.
You will find links to each election's page in the relevant tab below.
Assisting voters - who helps voters decide?
|The organisations and sites listed here all offer candidates a place to share information about themselves, in addition to their party and personal websites and Facebook (and other social media) pages.
They offer voters a place to find out about their candidates (a sort of one-stop-shop for voters).
|CAPaD is a community supporter of Vote Easy, a non-partisan platform designed for candidates to share information with voters. Like Vote Easy, CAPaD believes an informed voter will make good choices.
For a more complete list of organisations, please see Sites helping voters get to know their MPs and candidates better at our Resources Hub.
You can find the report against our education campaign here.
This figure, courtesy of Lee Yingtong Li (right click & open in new tab/window to enlarge and scroll) shows the preference flows for the second ACT senate seat. It confirms the importance of numbering every square on the senate ballot. Preference flows matter.
2019 Federal election
The 2019 Federal election showed us that a Federal election presents a different level of organisation compared to an ACT election. The issues are different and the number of candidates across House of Representatives and the Senate makes it a much larger exercise. All major party and most other minor party and independent candidates ignored our requests for candidate statements.
Our website traffic however increased: visitors grew to nearly 2000 from less than 100, and visits went from under 500 to 4000 during May 2019. So some one was interested in our candidate statements.
This comprised about 1460 views of candidate statements, as well as 337 reviews of the 2016 Federal election and 581 views of the 2016 ACT election pages.
2016 ACT Election Candidate Statement Exercise
The 2016 ACT Election is the first election that the Alliance attempted this type of exercise. It provided a valuable learning exercise for the Alliance in how to run such a process, and the importance of giving people the chance to know more about their candidates, separately to their Party platforms.
ACT Elections 2016 Document Downloads
- At-a-glance analysis of the Candidate Statement Exercise: numbers and information.
- Candidate Statements by the successful candidates (those becoming MLAs). Note this is one large document with the MLAs arranged in electorate. There is a table of contents.
- Candidate Statements by the unsuccessful candidates - are not available.
- CAPaD Policy and Role regarding the 2016 Federal and ACT Elections
- Media Release: Candidate Statements the "New Normal"?
- Candidates who provided a statement
- Candidates who did not provide a statement
- Map of Electoral Boundaries
- Comment and reflection of the ACT 2016 Elections : CAPaD's candidate statements were well-received by the candidates and by the public.