Model & Strategy

TurboVote streamlines voting through its online portal, making the voting process “as easy as renting a Netflix movie.” In 2002, the United States was ranked No. 138 in the world at engaging in its own democracy through voter participation. A complicated, inconvenient voting process has been sited as an impediment to broad voter turnout. Turbovote provides a solution—People who sign-up through TurboVote’s partners receive a simplified registration packet by mail. Voters simply sign, seal and return the registration. Then ballots are mailed directly to the voter.

Voters can opt to be reminded of upcoming elections by email or text message through TurboVote’s automated network of municipal election calendars, alerting constituents to everything from Presidential elections to local school referendums. Currently focused on the under-represented college demographic, TurboVote intends to expand its operations and methods to engage all citizens, revitalizing a stale, antiquated democratic process by engaging 21st century technology and modern digital culture.

At a Glance
Founded: 2010
Civic Engagement
Location of work: Domestic, Northeast, West Coast, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast
TurboVote
20 Jay St
Suite 824
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Transforming American democracy by modernizing voting
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

In 2016, Democracy Works launched the TurboVote Challenge, bringing together 60 corporations and organizations to achieve the moonshot goal of reaching 80 percent voter turnout in the U.S.

Democracy Works continued adding higher education partners, working with more than 300 colleges since its founding.

  • Votes and Ballots is @TurboVote's signature voter engagement game! Attendees act as higher ed institutions and have… https://t.co/QovaD0Bj8W
  • “My favorite thing about attending higher ed conferences is speaking with people who care SO MUCH about every singl… https://t.co/L0T2zO7ddy
  • We have kicked off TurboVote’s 2018 Voter Engagement Symposium! Here is our first keynote speaker from the Universi… https://t.co/5fG9hVdgw7
  • RT @demworksinc: “Bottlenecks create opportunities” – how can others replicate @Cathyiop’s methods to integrate voting everywhere? Look fo…
  • RT @demworksinc: .@Cathyiop tells her story of integrating @TurboVote as a widget in online course registration at Harvard. After a dozen a…
  • RT @demworksinc: We're partnering with @Freeform through @TurboVote to make sure voices can be heard. Follow a group of students as they tu…
  • No matter what age you are, your voice can make a difference. Inspiring @attn clip from “For Our Lives: Parkland." https://t.co/nxjXiutcc9
  • Straight from our partnerships team, Emily tells you about the creation and kick-off of our new campaign that will… https://t.co/sfLx0j0wOK
  • RT @demworksinc: Attending #18NTC? Want to inject innovation into your work? Jill and Sara from @TurboVote pships will be presenting Friday…