New Features: Tagging, Groups and Polls

Since the beginning, we envisaged civinomics as a tool for cooperative company/organization decision making, in addition to a tool for public engagement and government transparency. Today we are proud to announce a suite of features that make it much easier to use civinomics in a diverse number of ways: Groups, Tags, and Polls.


You can now create a group for your company, organization, school, etc. to vote on proposals internally and externally. For example, I created a group for Digital NEST, a local tech non-profit that I volunteer at, to help the board answer the strategic question of whether or not to charge students a modest usage fee. Using civinomics, we can get feedback from everyone in the NEST community on this proposal: students, donors, and board members. We can also collect alternate proposals. Ultimately the NEST board will make the decision, but this makes it possible for them to do so with much more information and involvement from the community.

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Groups are great, but what if there are a number of proposals specific to a particular topic, like “Revenue” or “Membership Services”? Just like hashtags on Twitter can be used to see all tweets with the same hastag, tags on civinomics lets you see all proposals related to the same tag. This means it’s easy to create an #ImproveDowntownWatsonville tag or #BikeInfrastructureSantaCruz tag to compare ideas.

Tags can be created within or without a group. They are different from groups in that they don’t have members.

We used a tag to create the Nov 3, 2015 ballot for San Francisco:

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In this case the ballot tag is within the San Francisco region (a public group). For those of you who have followed the development of our platform, tags have replaced the old workshop object as the new way to structure proposals around a goal. We repeatedly found that the term “workshop” was confusing to users and hope that “tags” are more universally recognized.


You may have voted in one of civinomics 2016 Presidential Candidate Polls. If not, you can here:

GOP 2016

Democrats 2016

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We developed this functionality with FairVote, a non-profit dedicated to reforming government by reforming the way we vote.

Now, we’ve extended the feature so that you can make your own Rank Choice Voting poll. You can see how your local races might turn out if rank choice voting is utilized. For example, we’ve gone ahead and created a poll for Oakland.

Like it or hate it, please let us know what you think of the newfunctionalityy at


The Civinomics Team

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