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
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:

  • Six 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.
  • RT @AndrewGoodmanF: “A lot of USF students live off campus so holding on-campus events was only going to reach some students. That’s why we…
  • RT @aztammyp: Great to hear from Mesha Byrd from @demworksinc on their #BallotScout ballot tracking tool. #KnowledgeIsPower https://t.co/Cq…
  • How does digital technology benefit democracy? Democracy Works's founders answer that on The Economist podcast.… https://t.co/kRCihJ8naf
  • Democracy Worker Jill explains the importance of an inclusive electorate and how to build one. #TurboVote https://t.co/sowRY1n8wF
  • #BallotScout makes voting more secure in Pasco County, FL #EveryVoteCounts https://t.co/4AeSIVY2Do
  • RT @CarahOng: Using @TurboVote is considered a best practice in #voter registration. As an implementer @JMUdukesvote @jmucivic @ethanhgardn…
  • RT @NASEDorg: #OnThisDay in 1919, Congress passed the 19th Amendment, which grants women the right to vote. No matter who you are, today is…
  • Elections are happening around us all the time, and it can get overwhelming. So we keep a running list of all of th… https://t.co/s3530tVH1q
  • Happy voting to Massachusetts today! Charlemont, Clarksburg, Otis, and Sutton...get out the vote! 🇺🇲🎊🗳
  • Democracy Works is headquartered in DUMBO, Brooklyn, and our CEO Seth and Campus Partnerships Lead Sarah recently s… https://t.co/DjazDPCZBi
  • If you've searched for your polling place or who’s on your ballot, that's the Voting Information Project at work! P… https://t.co/x4DRI5QFrK
  • RT @AmberMcReynolds: Delighted to see ⁦@votepasco⁩ adopt ⁦@demworksinc#BallotScout tool for #voters to track their ⁦@voteathome⁩ ballot |…
  • RT @votepasco: New Resource to Track your Vote by Mail Ballot – Ballot Scout. We are the first County in the State to implement the progra…
  • Helping voters 🗳 isn't the only thing we do. We also provides critical election data and support election officials… https://t.co/DKGtt5SEQA
  • It's #PublicServiceRecognitionWeek! Thank you to all of our election officials who make the democratic process possible. 🥇🇺🇸🙌
  • It's Municipal Election day in Dayton, TN! Happy voting 🇺🇲🎊🗳 Catch up on elections happening in your community at https://t.co/JhWYl4hAIp.
  • Curious about elections happening in your community, including school district elections and town elections? Check… https://t.co/F3xWtWrOvR
  • Happy town election day to Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Wenham, and West Tisbury, MA!
  • Happy Election Day to so many of our cities today, especially in Illinois, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Missouri! From… https://t.co/57w09k3H0P