Burnaby teen creates app for first election he can vote in

Laef Kucheran has been profiled in the media over the years for his tech creation and each article points out that despite developing an app to help voters get informed – he’s never actually been able to vote himself.

That’s all about to change this October.

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Now 18, Kucheran is able to vote for the first time and he’s ready to cast a ballot in the federal election.

Kucheran, who is also an aspiring journalist, is definitely informed on the issues, but wants to help other voters be as informed as possible through his VoteMate.org app and website.

It’s been a labour of love that has taken up a large part of his short life.

“For the last five years, I've been building an app called VoteMate.org to put all the information a less in-the-know voter would need to become informed in once place, so that first-time and returning voters alike can catch up on the issues that are important to them quickly and painlessly,” Kucheran said in an email.

For Kucheran, knowledge is the power that makes it more likely for people to vote.

“People often don't have the time to research the different options, and don't vote because of this,” Kucheran said. “VoteMate streamlines the process as much as possible, putting all the information in one place, with a comparison of party and candidate policies, biographies and contact info of the candidates, and soon a feature to ask candidates questions and a list of upcoming all-candidates meetings.”

For Burnaby voters, there is a plethora of information on all of the local candidates.

To try it out, click here.

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