About Electionance

Electionance finds out how much each of the four major political parties contesting in the 2016 West Bengal State Elections thinks like you. It is a platform for people to think about their own political stances and how much that aligns with what political parties stand for. We hope to spark informed and productive political discussions through greater awareness of policies and proposals.

Electionance thanks the Electionaire team for their permission to adapt and modify their site. Many parts of Electionance, such as its source code, its research process, and this page were adapted from Electionaire.

Electionance is not supported, funded or aligned with any political party.

Questions? Email us: contact@electionance.com

Electionance is anonymous.

Unless you fill out our demographic survey in the results page, the site does not ask for identifying information or log IP addresses. We use Google Analytics to track site traffic, but we do not identify individual users. Only you know your responses, unless you choose to share them with your friends.

Electionance strives to be objective.

The team carefully read the most recent manifestoes of the AITC, BJP, CPM, and INC to choose topics and questions that voters care about. We also tried our best to keep the questions and choices relevant and timely. We assigned scores to each party’s positions on each question, and sought advice from people familiar with the topics. It is impossible to accurately quantify policy positions into a simple quiz, but we strove to make the quiz as objective and accurate as possible.

Electionance does not tell you who to vote for.

Instead, decide for yourself! The results you get are based on how much your answers match with the parties’ manifestos and public statements. You may base your vote on other factors but this quiz only focuses on policies.

How Electionance calculates your scores

We examined party manifestos and public statements and identified each party’s stance on each question. If a clear stance was not explicitly available, the team tried to find a quote on a related topic. If the team could not find a related quote, the team marked the stance as “No position”. See the spreadsheet here.

We scored the parties on a scale of -4 to 4 for their agreement with each question. -4 is strong disagreement, 0 is neutrality or no position, and 4 is strong agreement.

Users’ answers are then compared with the parties’ ratings. The degree of difference between your answers and the parties’ average ratings is then weighted according to the degree of importance you indicated for each question. This deviation is then calculated into a percentage. The exact algorithm is as follows:

Total Deviation = Sum of (weight of each question as set by user) * (party value - user's value) for questions 1 to 15 

Final percentage = 100 - total deviation / (max possible total deviation - min
possible deviation)

The Team

  • Shalmoli Halder, Yale University ‘15
  • Koh Wei Jie, Yale-NUS College ‘17

Logo Credit

Checklist by David from the Noun Project.