Introducing SkokieVotes!

With election fever ramping up in my area (and all over the country), MPOW thought it would be useful to put together a directory of election resources. With so much content out there, and even more being added by the minute, I realized that it’s important to have a page that can offer both static pages as well as self-updating content. The result of our efforts is SkokieVotes, which you can see here:

Skokie Votes Title Page

After looking at a number of content aggregators, I finally went with Netvibes, due to its ease of use and aesthetically pleasing mode of presentation. I’ve been using the service as a feed aggregator for a little over a year, and it simply “works” for me as a more visually-oriented person. I like being able to take in a lot of information at a glance, and Netvibes gives the user the freedom to read stories in a specific feed as one would with a reader like Google’s or Bloglines. Individuals can also export specific items to their own reader/blog/aggregator.

I’m also a fan of their static HTML and link widgets, which enabled me to provide links to static pages. These included sites like the Village’s site and the County Clerk’s Office. While lacking in dynamic content, their value to a potential voter is unmistakable. I’m glad it allows me the ability to present both.

Give the site a look-see and let me know what you think. I’m still adding information on the local races, but the lion’s share of the content is up and running.

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