Open Data TV Video of the Week: Using Open Data to Power the Polls

April 10, 2015 7:19 am PST | Effective Governing

In our featured Open Data TV video, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles shares his attempt to #MakeAlCare, a campaign aimed at convincing just one registered LA voter — Chef Al Gordon — to show up at the polls. The quest to convince Al to vote, complete with a personalized hashtag, launched in response to LA’s dismal voter turnout: just 23 percent of registered voters participated in the 2013 municipal elections.

Mayor Garcetti uses the power of data in his plea for Al to vote. From graphing attempts to reduce the City’s dependence on imported water to tracking building permit requests, the mayor details how open data — and the work of local government — has a direct influence on Al’s day-to-day life and his livelihood as a chef.

Speaking directly to Al, Garcetti comments that with open data, “you got accountability, and you can make sure your business thrives.” Find out more about the challenge (did Al vote?) and watch Garcetti’s video for a glimpse at the powerful way open data informs citizens and businesses, and keeps the giant city running smoothly.

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