November 11, 2010 14:03 ET
New Citizen 2.0-Inspired Website Icount Revolutionizes How Citizens & Politicians Communicate
Icount's Proprietary Validation Process Connects Citizens to Their Elected Officials in a Meaningful and Timely Way
OREM, UT--(Marketwire - November 11, 2010) - Icount, a new political online community where everyday citizens are empowered to have their opinions heard and their voices counted by politicians throughout the year, announced its official launch today. Inspired by the Citizen 2.0 movement, where technology such as social media increases citizen involvement in politics, Icount is designed to fundamentally change how politicians and citizens connect to improve the overall political process.
Through a proprietary validation process, Icount matches citizens with their elected officials and provides various means of communication to their politicians through polls, direct messages, groups, etc. Politicians know that information and communications through Icount represents validated voters in their districts (or their constituency), and are now able to collect meaningful voter sentiment and communicate messages throughout the year. Citizens and politicians may sign up for no cost by visiting www.icount.com.
"The inspiration for Icount came to us as concerned citizens who wanted to be informed, involved and have a voice and influence over the public policies that impact our families. We knew that technology could help make our political system work better and provide valuable benefits. The result of that vision is Icount, which we believe will fundamentally change how politicians and citizens connect and help to solve the problems of voter disenfranchisement and out-of-touch politicians."
- Troy Bingham, CEO and Co-founder Icount
Through Icount's legislative review technology, users can read the contents of actual bills being considered for legislation, then vote For or Against the entire bill and can also vote on individual sections, with results sent to the appropriate elected officials.
Icount will also provide official For and Against summaries on political issues, candidate platforms and positions, current events, articles and commentaries. The Icount community can filter out the noise because users are allowed to contribute to site content and rank each comment, article or commentary based on quality, stance and bias.
Icount helps citizens become informed on political issues they care about, empowers them to have their opinions heard and voices counted, and enables them to impact public policy like never before. Politicians use Icount to stay in touch with their constituents throughout the year.