Why We Invested
The Democracy Fund believes that we need to bring our election systems into the 21st century so that voting can be easier and the task of administering elections more streamlined. By helping election officials to solve the thorny problems associated with running elections, Democracy Works through their innovations gives officials the time to focus on the needs of voters.
Paper-based voter registration can be complicated and confusing for voters and the election officials who administer elections. TurboVote uses technology to make the registration and voting process easier. By working with universities and civic organizations to support an easy, nonpartisan platform for registering voters, TurboVote looks for low-cost ways to increase civic engagement and voting.
Ballot Scout, Democracy Works’ first tool for election administrators, tracks ballots sent through the mail using USPS Intelligent Mail barcodes and gives voters the option to look up the status of their ballot online and sign up for updates. Making tracking data accessible provides clarity and accountability, ensuring that ballots are not simply lost in the system.
Additionally, Democracy Works received a Democracy Fund Network Grant in the amount of up to $50,000 in 2015. The project is a collaboration with the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) to provide state and local election administrators with a common location for reporting mail system problems and create a comprehensive picture on the scope of problems across the country.
Additional Grants: 2013: Up to $500,000 over two years. 2013: $50,000 over one year.