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:

  • 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 @TurboVote: Our campus partners have been finding creative ways to keep student voters engaged during the #COVID19 pandemic. Check out t…
  • #ICYMI, check out our recent blog and get to know our amazing election research team! They're working closely with… https://t.co/E6No4Fxr07
  • RT @VoteTexas: On this day in Texas voting history, we’re going back to the infamous U.S. Senate primary of 1948. In one of the closest ele…
  • RT @katyetc: Virginia saw 73% fewer registrations last month than 4 years ago. Officials said one reason is the shutdown of DMV offices, wh…
  • We launched another new resource to keep voters informed of all the election changes, and updated @TurboVote to imp… https://t.co/zuHChQAaUW
  • ICYMI, read how our Ballot Scout tool is "sort of similar to the way you would track an Amazon package, where you c… https://t.co/0oYfrLGKRi
  • Do you ❤️ democracy? And wrangling data? We’re hiring a Senior Data Fellow! Visit https://t.co/GQ7a99naCa for more info.
  • "Users trust @Snapchat when it comes to civics, which is why @TurboVote sees higher engagement rates there than on… https://t.co/r66tjk7aOb
  • How do we keep voters informed? Meet the team that works behind the scenes to make sure voters have the most up-to-… https://t.co/Yvt0SmXoFr
  • We updated and added new @TurboVote election reminders to help us address the unique needs of voters during the… https://t.co/ApTnoUNYmb
  • RT @luminategroup: Voting in the US this November might look a bit different because of #COVID19. @FastCompany shares how Ballot Scout from…
  • Ballot Scout makes voting by mail seamless and reliable, allowing voters to track the entire journey of their ballo… https://t.co/kdDLeeYX87
  • This week, we're excited to welcome 8 new associates to our election research, partnerships, and voter engagement t… https://t.co/u7RQ27c4G8
  • RT @JenDomagalG: I wrote a piece for the @fulcrum_us talking about advancing nonpartisan college student voting & engagement in our democra…
  • RT @allintovote: Take a look at our latest Forbes piece by @kristen23sawyer, one of our amazing spring interns, where she discusses the imp…
  • RT @AdamAmbrogi: Useful, all-in-one-place info linking to government sources on election tracking and VBM information, state by state. Good…
  • RT @Sethflaxman: .@demworksinc is tracking how COVID-19 is impacting 2020 elections, if voters will be automatically mailed absentee ballot…
  • Thank you to everyone who joined the town hall today! Companies can play a meaningful role in helping voters and el… https://t.co/yxCQPwHrMb
  • Today #CivicAlliance member companies are hearing firsthand from OH Sec. of State @FrankLaRose and @civilrightsorghttps://t.co/yedGaRaQOQ
  • RT @RockTheVote: A look at how global pandemics affected elections one hundred years ago. https://t.co/nNyBl8tagZ