Author: Sara Gifford

Plot Your Politics

Candidate Survey Participation

Many of you have told us that you love our policy matrix and that you find it helpful in learning about candidates and determining which share your values. That’s been great to hear! Some have asked – how do candidates end up in the matrix? We add candidates into the matrix in 1 of 2…
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Daily Democracy

We are so excited to finally release our new version! We all know that voting is a habit – but it’s a tough habit to form given that most people only have the chance to vote maybe twice per year. ActiVote has built upon the success of our daily policy questions and created an entirely…
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Armchair activism for all

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” We created ActiVote because we believe that the more people who participate in our democracy, the stronger it will be. That is why we are focused on voters and what we can do to help them make their personal choices. It’s why we are non-partisan, it’s why…
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#NationalBeHeardDay

While #NationalBeHeardDay may just be a social media hashtag for people to talk about, it goes to the heart of our goals here at ActiVote! In an age when many are avoiding the toxic partisanship in politics and civic education has declined in our public schools we aim to create a simple and easy way…
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ActiVote announces 2020 Civic Council

We have had so many wonderful interactions with our users over the past year. We have received suggestions for features that help everyone participate in our democracy, notifications of data problems that needed to be fixed and even  typos in our daily questions that we had missed.  We’ve even had users write questions for us…
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Our 1st Birthday!

On January 3rd, 2019 we founded ActiVote in a conference room in Philadelphia. Today we celebrate our first birthday, and what an amazing experience it has been! We have engaged with candidates for local, state and federal office who are passionate to make a difference. We have collaborated with civic entrepreneurs who all want to…
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Politics Plotted @Politicon

We spent the weekend in Music City (Nashville, TN) at Politicon, which is “The Unconventional Political Convention”. Politicon brings together a diverse group of political opinions in attendees, speakers and exhibitors which made for some great conversations! As some of you may have read before we wanted to do a social experiment and plot the…
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Politicon 2019 : Political Universe

ActiVote is excited to be attending Politicon in Nashville next weekend (Oct 26-27).  A bi-partisan conference of political junkies getting together to talk politics and listen to speakers from both sides of the spectrum.  We are excited to be there! While we are there we will be conducting a political experiment.  We will work hard to…
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Let’s be friends!

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” ~Woodrow Wilson One of our users, Lynne, downloaded ActiVote two months ago and at the time went through all her contacts to link them to their voter record and to see where and when they could vote. Some are local friends who can…
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All in a day in Greater Mattapan

After the success of our previous blog we have partnered with the Greater Mattapan Neighborhood Council to talk about the day in the life for a Mattapan family! Each and every day, the decisions made by our elected officials affect the residents of Greater Mattapan. Let’s put a lens to the daily activities of a…
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