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Digital platform to promote citizen engagement and government accountability
Espacios Abiertos created the digital platform Quién me representa to provide information about elected officials in Puerto Rico so that residents can identify and contact them in an effort to promote citizen engagement and government accountability. In the months prior to the 2020 elections, the platform presented information about candidates running for municipal, state and federal positions.
During the creation process, Espacios Abiertos successfully sued the State Election Commission twice to obtain official photographs of elected officials and candidates running in the 2020 electoral race, establishing a precedent on transparency and access to public information.
The platform was launched in March 2020 and during its first six months received over 71,000 visitors. During that time, elected officials and candidates in the 2020 election race contacted Espacios Abiertos to update their profiles and include their public policy positions. Local news media and nonprofits also joined efforts to complement and disseminate the Espacios Abiertos platform, particularly in the months before the elections. Quién me representa will be an ongoing project, periodically updated and expanded by Espacios Abiertos.
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