[S]elect App – Connecting Voters with Candidates
Rotorua Lakes Council has partnered with Salt + Tonic and Rotorua Chamber of Commerce to co-develop [s]elect, an exciting new app that allows locals to interact with candidates running in the 2022 local election. Users are able to browse through the candidates for mayoralty, wards, and boards, to learn about each candidate and the policies they stand for. The app is interactive, enabling users to ask meaningful questions to candidates to help shape their voting decisions.
[s]elect is but one tool candidates have available to them to engage with voters. Participation on (s)elect is at the discretion of candidates and therefore is not a compulsory tool to use in the election or for candidate electioneering. Unanswered questions should be directed to candidates through their personal election campaign channels, for example their private Facebook pages.
For more information about the [s]elect app, see our Frequently Asked Questions below.
You can download the app through the usual channels:
[s]elect is an app Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) are using to enable easier, and more informed, decision making for voters in the upcoming local election. The app allows you to view candidates standing for Mayor, for the Māori, General and Rural Wards, and for the Rural and Lakes Community Boards. Each candidate has their photo, and a written bio on what their priorities and policies are in standing for election.
Through the App Store, Google Play and as a web download. The links are below, and also on the RLC website. You can search for (s)elect in the App Store or on Google Play and it will come up – type in the brackets (parenthesis) to find it!
You can view all the candidates without logging in. However, you will need to log in to ask questions.
Simply enter your email at the ‘log in” screen, and a PIN number will be sent to your email. Enter the PIN in the app to log in.
There are two ways to ask a question. If you want ask a question of multiple candidates, tap on the “Questions” icon at the bottom of the screen. You can then select the group of candidates to ask (i.e. Mayoral, Ward, or Board), and you can choose all, or select individual candidates.
Alternatively, tap on a candidate’s profile, at the bottom you will see an orange button “Submit a question for x”, and you will go through to a screen to ask your question.
You’ll be asked to choose a category for your question, and also have the option to provide some context or background to your question.
All questions go through a moderator. Questions that are defamatory, incite hate speech, abuse or contravene our rules of engagement (you can find these in the “Information” section of the app) will be rejected. The moderator will also screen duplicate questions, and these will be added to the bottom of an existing answer as “Other ways this question was asked”.
Approved questions will be sent to candidates, who then have the opportunity to answer them. Questions and answers will be shown on a candidate’s profile.
Yes, you can browse questions and answers by individual candidate, or by groups of candidates (e.g. mayoral candidates).
Yes, all questions will be anonymous.
No. Participation on (s)elect is at the discretion of candidates, and therefore is not a compulsory tool to use in the election or for candidate electioneering. Unanswered questions should be directed to candidates through their personal election campaign channels, for example private Facebook pages.
The app collects a user’s email address, the geo-location of their ISP, the type of device, the browser, model of device, and length of time spent on the app.
[s]elect is being used as a tool just for the election. An aggregated report will be run at the end of the election on app usage statistics.
Salt + Tonic developed and own the app, under the name “Engageme”.
RLC partnered with Salt + Tonic and the Rotorua Chamber of Commerce to develop the app as a tool to better engage voters with candidates for the local election. We have branded the app [s]elect specifically for the RLC election.
Salt + Tonic have been promoting the Engageme platform to other councils who will be using it also.