Thursday, January 29, 2009

Last UBC VoterMedia Awards; $8000 voting

Today I tallied the votes for the last weekly $200 pool of UBC VoterMedia Awards -- see results at Thank you all participants!

Meanwhile, voting is underway for the $8000 AMS-sponsored VFM awards, with 10 contestants listed.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

UBC VoterMedia Awards tallied

Today I tallied the votes for the $200 weekly University of British Columbia VoterMedia Awards -- see results at Welcome new blog The UBC Spectator! There will be one more tally on January 29.

Meanwhile the UBC AMS election campaign is in full swing -- see blog coverage linked from

There's also an $8000 voter funded media competition running in parallel with the above -- info in my post last week.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Join us to build Global Voter Media Platform

We are a group of volunteers creating a website and nonprofit organization for the next generation voter funded media system – automated and scalable to all voting communities in the world. Skills we especially need at this stage: Ruby on Rails; Ajax; website graphic design.

More info at

To join us, please email mark[at]

Thursday, January 15, 2009

$8000 for UBC VFM

I just learned that UBC AMS will give $8000 in cash awards in a Voter Funded Media contest concurrent with their election two weeks from now. Entry deadline January 27; entry fee $150; voting January 29 - February 4. Info will soon be posted on the AMS VFM page; or contact the VFM Administrator Mitch Wright by email to vfm[at] or phone (604) 345-8489.

This annual contest is the successor to the two I sponsored in the January 2007 and January 2008 AMS elections, but this time it's funded by the AMS. I hadn't heard anything definite until today, so wasn't sure it was going to happen.

As I've been saying in this blog and on my website, I will continue to administer and sponsor the $200 a week UBC VoterMedia Awards for two more weekly vote tallies, January 22 and 29. No doubt we'll have several of the same media/blogs in both competitions. Today's results are now posted at

Looking forward to some great election coverage!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

UBC blog awards; AMS elections

I tallied the votes today for UBC media/blog awards -- see results at Three more weekly tallies January 15, 22 and 29 until the AMS elections -- info on that from the AMS website:

AMS Elections

Nomination Forms are available at the front desk of the AMS Executive offices, SUB 238A, and are due Friday, January 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm. Completed forms must be returned to SUB Room 238. Up to date version of Electoral Code is now available. If you have any questions, please contact the Elections Administrator at elections[at]

Important Dates

  • All Candidates Meeting: Friday, January 9 6:00 – 8:00 pm in SUB Council Chambers, on the second floor.
    NOTE: Any Candidates who cannot make this meeting must send a representative OR meet with the Elections Administrator at another time
  • Official Campaign Period Begins: Friday, January 16
  • Online Voting Begins: Thursday, January 29
  • On Campus Poll Station Voting: Wednesday, February 4

Thursday, January 1, 2009

B.C. politics blog ranking updated

Happy 2009!

Today I tallied the votes and updated the British Columbia Politics Blog Ranking ballot. Top three this month are The Tyee, Stephen Rees, and Frances Bula.

Thank you all participants! Looking forward to a great year of political insights...