June 10, 2009

THE POLITICAL DISTRICTS YOU LIVE IN. WHO REPRESENTS YOU. AND WHAT THEY ARE UP TO.

THE NEW York Times has launched in Beta a new feature called "Represent." Represent is basically for "political junkies" who want to follow the tweets, votes and news for their elected representatives - from city hall to the state house to Washington.

The site works by allowing a user to enter an address. What comes back is a listing of the political districts for that address, the elected officials' names who represent that address and their most recent Tweets on Twitter.

But the site goes further as it presents maps with political subdivision boundaries for a specific address. It also contains links to stories about the legislators for a particular address. And finally the work in progress has tabs - "On The Floor" and "Around the Web." The On the Floor tab shows the recent votes of the legislators and it lists the final "yes" and "no" tallies on the individual piece of legislation. The Around the Web tab is a search of the web for information and news regarding the specific elected official.



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