Look Who’s 3?!
On January 3rd of 2019 we sat in a conference room in Philadelphia and signed the papers to start ActiVote. And the journey has been nonstop every day since.
The 2020 election had the highest voter turnout in years and we couldn’t have been more excited to be a part of it. After the election we assessed how the year had gone, took a bit of a break and then got back to work. One of our goals had been to test out a polling algorithm that Victor wrote to see how it worked at predicting the 2020 presidential election. In a year when the National Polls were off again, we were excited to see that we were closer than most national polls at predicting the presidential winner! We spent quite a bit of time in 2021 building out that polling algorithm further so that we’ll be ready for the 2022 season.
While for many, 2021 is an “off year” for us it was just as important. There were local elections in over half of the US states with mayors and city councils and school boards shaping the lives of communities around the country. We reached out to tens of thousands of candidates and community groups to leverage our political matrix to help voters make their choice!
Our big technical effort was to create a web version of our app. This ensures we can more easily collaborate with partners and also provide access to more voters who do not have access to a smartphone. We added in our governance feature ensuring that every voter can see who represents them and how they are voting on bills on behalf of their constituents.
We enjoyed working with partners on a variety of events. We did Infrastructure week with the Listen First coalition. We celebrated Constitution Day with History Made by Us. We surveyed voters about elections and voting together with the Vote at Home Institute. We learned together about the basics of the Federal Budget with the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget and highlighted some of their amazing tools. And most importantly we engaged in conversations with civic minded leaders across the country who are all doing great work.
2022 is going to be an exciting ride for ActiVote and voters across the country. We’re going to be pushing all US voters with the #My2in2022 movement to expand voting in key primary races. We hope to release our world class polling algorithm making sure that the voice of ALL voters is heard loud and clear. We hope to reach hundreds of organizations, thousands of candidates and millions of voters showing that the power of the people is always greater than the people in power.
Do you want to be a part of this mission in 2022? Share ActiVote with your friends and family and encourage them to create their own Daily Democracy streak!