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Non-partisan election lowdown available on web

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Kyle Geske admits that as a young adult he was too overwhelmed by the lack of real information about elections to feel confident casting a ballot.

More than a decade later he is leading the charge to inform the electorate with web pages chock full of non-partisan information about who is running, important dates and events, and how and when to vote.

"We keep stressing to everyone how important it is to vote but we're not giving them a lot of tools to help make the decision," said Geske.

An IT instructor at Red River College, Geske has no direct connection to politics or elections, other than as a voter. But he said he and some friends were chatting about the lack of information available and last fall he and fellow RRC instructor Jody Gillis, put their IT skills and data-geek hats to work.

They built a website for the civic election that by election day drew in 45,000 people.

They are aiming higher for the provincial election, but want to keep the site non-partisan. After nominations close Sept. 13, they will send a questionnaire to every candidate asking for basic information so they can post that on the website. They also have a running web search seeking all news stories about any of the candidates that they will post to their site as well.

The site, www.manitobaelection.ca, is already live and will continue to grow until election day, Oct. 4.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 9, 2011 A7

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