Right now, it’s almost impossible to vote informed on the entire ballot - as a result, most voters guess, leave blanks, or stay home altogether. We believe that it’s critical to our democracy to help every voter cast an informed vote on every race, every election. That’s why we started BallotReady - a startup that creates digital nonpartisan voter guides and builds tools to help advocacy groups, nonprofits, and companies inform and mobilize voters, powered by the most comprehensive database to every level of government. Founded in 2015 with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and the University of Chicago, BallotReady is an award-winning Chicago startup available nationwide. In 2020, we worked with organizations and brands, including Snapchat, Tiktok, Spotify, and the Miami Heat to inform and turn out over 35 million voters. Now, we’re focused on upcoming elections in 2021 as well as thinking about how we empower communities to take effective action year-round on the issues they care about.
BallotReady is all about the voters. Our mission to empower voters informs all our decision processes and we take great pride in the work we do. Even though we're a remote work place, we take the time to get to know each other through weekly random one on ones (optional), a monthly all-hands meeting and fun Slack channels like #weirdelectionthings and #nicethings. Did you know that St Louis is gonna run their elections in a totally unique way next year? Or that Anchorage, AK somehow claimed the muni.gov url for their city website? Our voter first mentality also informs our DEI initiative. In order to really serve all the voters in the country, we need to have a team that reflects all voters and their various needs. Our welcoming group of election enthusiasts would love to have to help us achieve our goals of informing and turning out every voter we can!