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The Problem

 

Every year, numerous elected positions go unfilled because there are no candidates. When voters cast ballots for state representatives last fall, millions of Americans essentially had no choice: in 42 percent of all such elections, candidates faced no major party opponents.

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  • Confusing registration processes for getting onto ballots
  • Ongoing complex filing requirements
  • Limited accessible educational and training resources for how to run a campaign
  • Expensive and difficult-to-use tools for running campaign operations with separate tools required for fundraising and for filing
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Our Solution

Our solution is to build an online, mobile-first platform that will provide technology and resources for candidates. The key areas of the platform are: software, training and content.

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Software

  • Browser-based and optimized for mobile phones
  • Basic searchable candidate profiles/webpages
  • Tools for helping to file election paperwork
  • Fundraising capabilities, including reporting and filing tools for local office
  • Connection to third-party marketing tools
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Training

  • Online video training by subject matter experts on running a successful campaign
  • Online written guides and “how-to” materials breaking down complex election topics
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Content

  • Soft-topic video and blog content, such as how to dress as a candidate on a budget, what to look for when choosing someone to design your campaign materials, etc.
  • Podcasts and video interviews with current and past candidates
  • Facebook and Twitter content highlighting campaigns that are doing things well
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