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The VOTES Database Brian Murphy, Senior, Marketing Taylor Nichols, Junior, Economics Spencer Wyatt, Sophomore, Economics VOTESdb 2004.

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1 The VOTES Database Brian Murphy, Senior, Marketing Taylor Nichols, Junior, Economics Spencer Wyatt, Sophomore, Economics VOTESdb 2004

2 Purpose The VOTES Database is a project that will create an online resource whereby Alabama voters may enter their home ZIP code, and a MySQL database will return that person’s local candidates for office, from President of the United States to their local city council members. The CBH project will consist of construction of the database and website, as well as some initial data entry VOTESdb 2004

3 Purpose The VOTES Coalition is a student-led group designed to promote voter education and awareness on college campuses in Alabama This database will appear on the VOTES Coalition website, currently hosted at VOTESdb 2004

4 Software Computer System: Microsoft Windows Language: HTML, PHP, SQL, JavaScript; applications include Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Macromedia Flash VOTESdb 2004

5 References Experience gained working on the Manderson Graduate MBA Program’s Pre- MBA Project Manuals and reference texts for PHP and SQL VOTESdb 2004

6 Previous Work No previous work A nationwide database exists at Vote- Smart.org; however, this database does not cover local elections VOTESdb 2004

7 Components MySQL database: will store all information for online access PHP functions: will generate webpages and allow user to pull up customized information on political candidates “Control Panel”: a secured webpage with HTML forms that will allow authorized users to enter data into the database without computer expertise VOTESdb 2004

8 Timeline All dates 2004: October 15 th : all hosting established (MySQL database acquired, web hosting found); website interface template complete October 22 nd : skeletal database structure complete and ready for testing; begin data collection for Tuscaloosa County VOTESdb 2004

9 Timeline November 5 th : PHP functions complete; data on Tuscaloosa County fully entered, ready for full test November 12 th : debugging and testing complete; begin development of input control panel December 3 rd : control panel complete, ready for testing December 10 th : all systems complete and ready for complete data entry VOTESdb 2004

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