College students the focus of new "Netflix-like" voter-assistance website

From The Miami Herald

It dawned on Brooklynite Seth Flaxman — while studying at Harvard’s Kennedy school of government, no less — that he was forgetting to exercise his own key role as an active participant in democracy by failing to vote.

And what was distracting him?

“Watching a bunch of Netflix DVDs,” Flaxman said.

Inspiration struck. The public policy major set out to remake voting in the mold of Netflix — minus the movies. Technology, he thought, could transform voting into something as hassle-free and convenient as getting new releases through the mail.

The result was TurboVote, a website still in its infancy but about to embark on a sizeable expansion among Miami-Dade County colleges, thanks to a $205,000 Knight Foundation grant.


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