Wednesday 25 November 2020

Election 2017: online aids to help you decide who to vote for

Photo: J M Luijt at Dutch Wikipedia

Confused by the plethora of parties? Clueless about the CDA, puzzled by the PvdA and baffled by Denk? There are all sorts of websites out there to help you make up your mind who to vote for. Here’s a list.

The stemwijzer is based on 30 political premises ranging on from support for euthanasia for people who are ‘tired of life’ to boosting defence spending to 2% of GDP.

Kieskompas does not tell you who to vote for, but puts your position on various issues into a grid with other parties.

Dutch public broadcaster NPO has drawn up its own advisory poll Partijwijzer, which targets young voters.

Gay lobby group COC Nederland has put the various party policies on gay rights together on Gayvote. The site also looks at how the various parties have voted on gay issued in the past.

Women’s magazine Libelle has worked together with the ProDemos centre for democracy to work out a coaching system Kiescoach for its readers, apparently based on subjects close to their heart.

Weed smoker? Check out the Cannabis KiesWijzer to see how you should vote.

The Fair Politics organisation and Max van der Stoel foundation have developed the  FairKiezingswijzer to help voters who are interested in development issues.

And if corporate social responsibility is more your thing, the MVO Kieswijzer was put together by Oxfam Novib, Amnesty International and Unicef.

Are you a parent? The StemWijsOuders.nl was drawn up by parents associations and looks at 17 standpoints, from childcare to university funding.

More of a green thinker? Then the Groen Kieskompas, an initiative from Natuur & Milieu, Vogelbescherming, Greenpeace, Milieudefensie and the WNF looks at how green the various parties are.

We are also reliably informed that the Dierenkieswijzer – with all your questions about animal welfare policies – will be online at some point.

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