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.
  • We condemn yesterday’s act of treason and vigilante violence. Any attempt to undermine the will of the people is a… https://t.co/XFyBLX7feM
  • RT @PowerThePolls: Poll workers across the state of Georgia are have been working hard to ensure that the democratic process remains safe,…
  • Local election officials across Georgia went above and beyond to make sure voters had safe, secure voting options i… https://t.co/NKk3Yg6sEO
  • Still need to vote in the Georgia runoff? Head to https://t.co/oQTJvJOHs8 find: 🍑 Your ballot dropbox loca… https://t.co/ob9DbxmWx2
  • RT @CISAgov: A reminder for those watching #election results in #Georgia --> Election night results are not official results: https://t.co/…
  • RT @GaSecofState: It’s election day! Make sure to bring a photo ID with you to the polls. Check your precinct by visiting: https://t.co/DcU…
  • RT @PowerThePolls: To all the poll workers in Georgia today: we see you and we appreciate you! If you can, in photos of yourselves getting…
  • RT @caafoundation: Voting in #Georgia today? Polls are open 7A- 7P. You will need a valid ID to vote. Remember, if you are in line when the…
  • RT @TurboVote: 🗳️🍑 It’s #ElectionDay in Georgia! 🍑🗳️ Before heading out to your polling place, make sure you're #VoteReady at https://t.co…
  • RT @TurboVote: 📢 Tomorrow’s Election Day in Georgia! 📢 If you haven’t already voted, head to https://t.co/zkjufYR0mT to get #VoteReady 🗳️
  • Election officials went above and beyond to make sure we all had safe, secure voting options this year. Thank you f… https://t.co/XumfyFXI6Q
  • Despite the challenges we faced, voters made their voices heard in record numbers! #ThankYouElectionHeroes for runn… https://t.co/rCAZrRNZyt
  • When we vote, we shape the future of our communities. Thank you #ElectionHeroes for helping voters make their voic… https://t.co/UPnXVj9UQC
  • It’s been a challenging year, but democracy prevailed. #ElectionWorkers helped millions of Americans vote during… https://t.co/RXkSw2Qlx4
  • RT @TurboVote: Early voting is underway in Georgia, which means it’s time to make your voting plan if you haven’t already done so. Head t…
  • RT @TurboVote: With Georgia’s registration deadline behind us, it’s time to make your voting plan! 🗳️🗳️ Head to https://t.co/WdCsqtlqyA to…
  • RT @TurboVote: 📢 GEORGIA VOTERS 📢 The time to register is now! Sign up for https://t.co/v5iWL2oE9L to receive: 👉 registration assis…
  • RT @wvsosoffice: Follow us for the most up-to-date, accurate 2020 election information. You can find us at https://t.co/amW5mMGlY5 and http…
  • RT @Louisiana_sos: 📌Reminder: TOMORROW, Dec. 4 at 4:30 pm is the deadline to RETURN an absentee ballot. ➡️More info: https://t.co/VLWstVWWx…
  • RT @JChesserNSGIC: Nine days to go until the @NSGIC Elections GeoSummit. Great keynote panel @demworksinc @HelloCTCL @LWVC Confirm your at…