In this weekend's South Australian election, there are 74 candidates for the Legislative Council. If you don't want to just follow a party-defined voting order by putting a single 1 at the top, there's a good chance that you'll go wrong somewhere between writing the numbers 1 and 74 — and also that your feelings about some candidates and parties will be better-defined than others. That's where the Cluey Voter webapp can help.
Developed by Google ANZ engineering head Alan Noble, Cluey Voter is currently populated with data for the SA election. You can rate how much you support each of the listed party groups on the Legislative Council ballot, letting you specify causes you're keen on, dead against or indifferent to.
The app then produces a basic ordered list of those groups, where you manually change the rankings for specific individuals (useful if, like me, one of the main pleasures of an election is placing people you despise as low as possible). There's a 'check numbering' button to make sure you don't mess up during this process.
When you're pleased with the outcome, print it out for an easy-to-copy personal guide for use on election day. It's a non-flashy but very cool app; here's hoping the relevant data gets added for the expected 2010 Federal election when that happens.