Model & Strategy

Democracy Works turned the entire internet into an onramp for voting in 2018. It was the highest midterm turnout in a century.

Whatever issue you care about, it will not get solved while democracy is broken in the United States. Voter participation is critically low. Only 36 percent of voters participated in the last midterm election.

Democracy Works moonshot goal is 80% voter participation in the United States by 2024 and Democracy Works is the jet fuel that will get us there.

At a Glance
Founded: 2010
Co-Founder & CEO: Seth Flaxman
Civic Engagement
Location of work: Domestic, Northeast, West Coast, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast
Democracy Works
20 Jay St
Suite 824
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Yes, it does work. If the people vote.
Meet Seth Flaxman

Seth spent two summers in high school working at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and always planned to be an inventor – but when he got to college, plans changed. He couldn’t turn his back on what seemed like the greatest problem of our time, America’s broken democracy and dysfunctional government. He founded the Activist Council, which still annually mobilizes hundreds of students to participate in politics, and served as student body president, where he led the council in successfully lobbying Columbia to reform its financial aid policies.

After college, Seth worked as a researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and asked himself the question that would drive his future work, “Why has the Internet revolutionized everything except government, and what could I do about it?” He sought answers by attending the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, working at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and founding TurboVote while completing his Masters in Public Policy. TurboVote has since been recognized by the Sunlight Foundation, Knight Foundation, and Google, and in 2011 Seth was named one of Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30” in the field of law and policy.

IMPACT

Democracy Works helps tens of millions register and vote. Here’s how:

  • Seven million voters receive TurboVote texts and emails to help register and vote in all elections.
  • Turning the world’s most valuable media real estate into registration and voting powerhouses.
  • Publishing the only dataset of all 125,000+ polling places, powering everything on Election Day.
  • Every state relied on Democracy Works help or technology to improve election security or voter experience.
  • 📣 When it comes to voting this year, it’s important that you make a PLAN to vote, whether by mail, early, or in per… https://t.co/HBLKi7TZo6
  • RT @Sethflaxman: Proud that https://t.co/nfg1WbSN66 data is powering the results! Grateful for the close collaboration of election official…
  • RT @dananessel: Halloween is scary. Voting shouldn't be.
  • RT @VotingInfo: "Google says it’s pulling its polling location information from the Voting Information Project as part of a partnership wit…
  • Every eligible voter should have their voice heard and their vote counted. When we take the time to count and verif… https://t.co/bmM1cZ4noO
  • 📢📢 Head to https://t.co/VC0WGnfsZ2 to explore your voting options and make your voting plan today! https://t.co/5MEpQavAjI
  • RT @NCSBE: REMINDER: If you have requested a ballot by mail, you may choose to vote in person instead as long as you did not complete and r…
  • RT @TurboVote: 📢📢https://t.co/zkjufYR0mT helps you make your voting plan by providing all the info you need to get #VoteReady ! https://t.c…
  • RT @DaviesNow: If turnout by young voters is higher in 2020 than in previous years, give credit to @demworksinc and @TurboVote. They help p…
  • RT @AshokaUS: Thanks @ladygaga for rallying fans to #vote and pointing us all to a helpful guide: @TurboVote by @Sethflaxman and @demworksi…
  • RT @TurboVote: When a federal court order extended Virginia’s registration deadline, TurboVote quickly notified 196,965 Virginia voters of…
  • This year, knowing your voting rights allows you to cast your ballot with confidence. Take a few minutes to explo… https://t.co/nDaGSbrcBI
  • RT @TurboVote: Are you voting in Arizona? If so, don't wait to get #VoteReady!! Use Arizona's online voter registration website to regist…
  • RT @TurboVote: A federal court order has extended the Virginia voter registration deadline to TOMORROW at 11:59 pm. Use Virginia's online…
  • RT @TurboVote: 📢📢 Due to a federal appeals court ruling, Arizona's voter registration deadline has been cut to 11:59 pm TOMORROW. Don't…
  • RT @TurboVote: As @ladygaga said, we're here to help you get #VoteReady. Don't wait! Sign up at https://t.co/v5iWL2oE9L today and make…
  • RT @CASOSvote: Ballots were mailed out by Oct 5. If you haven’t received yours yet, don’t worry! Ballots are making their way through the m…
  • RT @PowerThePolls: 🚨POLL WORKERS NEEDED🚨 If you are a resident of one of the following counties, please consider signing up to help your ne…
  • RT @WakeElections: Missed the voter registration deadline? You can still register and vote at one of our 20 Early Voting sites between Octo…