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ballot

of the people | by the people | for the people

 

the idea

a mobile app for busy voters

Ballot gives you the digital tools you need to be an informed and engaged citizen. Using just your address, Ballot provides you with upcoming election information: date(s), polling location, and the candidates on your personal ballot. You can review your options, visit candidate profiles, and save your selections.

 
 

the problem

democracy requires participation

Only 58% of eligible voters participated in the 2016 presidential elections. In the 2014 mid-term elections, voter turnout was the lowest it has been in 70 years, just 36.4%. When it comes to local elections, the data is worse. Voter participation in local elections for many U.S. cities is now below 20%. 

 
 

the prototype

build voter confidence

In April 2015, we received a grant from the Prototype Fund of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to build a prototype of Ballot. The prototype team conducted focus groups and interviews of voters, candidates, and political advisers to determine the initial set of features: user sign-up, candidate listing, candidate profiles, matching quiz, and upcoming election information.

 
 

join the cause

Our team is committed to creating a beautifully designed, trustworthy and functional product that facilitates and encourages civic participation. There are a lot of ways to fund good ideas, and we are well aware of the influence of money in politics. Like any other startup, we answer to the people who support us. Because of this, we are inviting you to be a part of what's next for Ballot.