Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

Democracy Works

Democracy Works is the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that runs TurboVote and BallotScout, 21st century innovations that harnesses technology to make voter registration and voting itself easier for all Americans.

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.

How to Get Involved

  1. To sign up for TurboVote, visit: turbovote.org.
  2. To learn more about Ballot Scout, visit: https://www.democracy.works/ballot-scout
  3. On Twitter follow @TurboVote.

Total Commitment

2019: $600,000 over 2 years. 2017: $700,000 over 2 years. 2016: Up to $75,000 over 1 year. 2015: Up to $600,000 over 2 years.

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