Why We Invested
Paper-based voter registration can be complicated and confusing for voters and the election officials who administer elections. TurboVote, a project by Democracy Works, 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.
Previous Grants Included: 2015: Democracy Fund Network Grant of $50,000 2013: Up to $500,000 over two years. 2013: $50,000 over one year.