A Europe-wide Voting Advice Application now available
22 April designates the launch of EUANDI, a voting advice application (VAA) created for everyone interested in the European Parliament elections, available at the website euandi.err.ee. It is a Europe-wide voting advice application that enables the users in 28 states to compare their political preferences against 242 parties running for the European Parliament on 25 May 2014.
EUANDI enables the users to respond to 30 political key questions, after which the programme will calculate the overlap between the user and the parties. The user can compare his/her preferences against Estonian parties as well as the parties of other countries. “Unlike the previous voting advice applications, EUANDI is more tightly integrated with social media, enabling the users to share their political profile via Facebook, compare their political positions with other users and if they wish, create social media groups based on political preferences,” said a co-leader of the Estonian team, Kristjan Vassil, postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Government and Politics in University of Tartu.
The predecessor of EUANDI in the 2009 European Parliament elections was EU-Profile, the first Europe-wide voting advice application of its kind. In Estonia, the VAA created for the 2011 parliamentary elections and the 2013 parliament application have gained much use.
The creation of EUANDI was instigated by the European Union Institute (EUI). The Estonian team is co-lead by Kristjan Vassil (University of Tartu) and Nele Leosk (EUI). An important contribution to the project was given by the programme leader of e-Governance Academy Liia Hänni, researcher at the Institute of Government and Politics in the University of Tartu Mihkel Solvak and MA students Kadri Vakmann and Andres Reiljan.
EUANDI is available to everyone at euandi.err.ee.