Via Democracy Works
To support TurboVote, an online platform for registering, finding election information, and voting by mail.
This grant will fund the development and expansion of TurboVote, a one-stop platform that helps users register to vote, provides local election information, and guides users through the process of voting by mail. The system will provide personalized information including election office contacts, voting details, and candidate information.
By enabling the scale and deployment of TurboVote, this grant will create a lasting service aimed at making voting easier. In the 2012 election this service will simplify the voting process for at least 500,000 users, most of whom will be college students—a group frequently disadvantaged by the complexity and rigidity of voting procedures. In the process, TurboVote will create a number of local election information datasets, which other groups will use for other projects and tools.
TurboVote is a service provided by Democracy Works, Inc., a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to improving civic engagement through the use of technology.
We have been funded by the Sunlight Foundation, Google, the Knight Foundation, Weinmann Charitable Trusts, New Place Fund, Youth Engagement Fund, and many individual donors who supported us on Kickstarter. TurboVote is happily housed in the Blue Ridge Foundation New York incubator space and receives legal policy support from the Fair Elections Legal Network.