Vote.org and Open Progress partner nationwide to reach undervoting Americans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: 

Ptosha Davis, ptosha@openprogress.com

Title: Partnerships & Community Outreach, Open Progress

Kamari Guthrie, kamari@vote.org

Title: Director of Communications, Vote.org

Vote.org teams-up with Open Progress and TextOut to contact voters nationwide through the 2019 elections.

New York, NY - Vote.org, TextOut, a non-profit software platform, and Open Progress volunteers are joining forces this year in a comprehensive effort to reach, engage and mobilize hundreds of thousands of voters during the 2019 election cycle. Together, the organizations will target voters of color and voters under 30 in six states with text messages that provide detail and information about upcoming elections. Historically, these groups are largely ignored by both Republican and Democratic political campaigns who tend to focus on older, whiter voters.

“We know that text messages are one of the most effective modern ways of reaching voters,” said Magdalen Sangiolo, Head of Operations and GOTV at Vote.org. “Our 2019 SMS program is an opportunity to further test and refine what works, and increase turnout in an off-cycle election." 

Vote.org, the leading nonprofit increasing voter turnout, has registered more than 2.6 million people and helped more than 6 million people verify their registration status. In the 2018 midterms, they sent 25.4 million text messages to 8.9 million low propensity voters in 29 states.  

“Democracy is for all of us - and it only works if we work it. Open Progress and TextOut are thrilled to join forces with Vote.org. Together, we’ll launch innovative and creative programs to find, register, and mobilize underrepresented voters through digital conversation all over these great United States,” said Elizabeth Haynes, Co-founder of Open Progress and TextOut.

TextOut, a peer-to-peer texting software program developed by the non-profits Open Progress and the Progressive State Leaders Committee changed the digital conversation by sending voters over 22 million texts in 33 US states during 2018. Open Progress’ Volunteer Text Troop, whose mission is to further democracy by reaching and empowering voters one citizen at a time, has worked with partners including Mi Familia Vota, the Second Chances Coalition, and the Democratic Attorneys General Association to register and activate voters in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, and Nevada since 2017.

These dynamic organizations combined have utilized technology to reach nearly 50 million and arm them with the information and tools needed to have their voices heard. Now they intend to use that technology to galvanize voters in LA, MS, KY, NJ, PA, and VA. If you are over 17 years of age and would like to volunteer to help with this work visit https://www.openprogress.com/do-something-vdo

 

ABOUT VOTE.ORG

Vote.org, a 501 (c) (3) nonpartisan organization, is committed to strengthening American democracy by simplifying political engagement and increasing voter turnout. The organization was founded on the belief that Americans want to vote and will vote more consistently and in higher numbers as voting becomes more accessible. Since its launch in 2016, the organization has engaged more than 43 million voters in the electorate process to date, including running the single largest Election Day GOTV drive in America in 2016, registering more than 2.6 million people, and helping more than 6 million people verify their registration status. 

ABOUT TEXTOUT

TextOut is peer-to-peer texting software that is available to any progressive candidate, party, or organization as well as non-partisan government, voting rights, and voter registration groups. The platform was built by members of the progressive movement and informed by both doing the work and listening closely to the needs of others who do. All proceeds go back to furthering the work of the non-profits that own it. 

ABOUT OPEN PROGRESS

Open Progress, a 501 (c) 4 works to unlock the power of digital human connection for progressive change in America. Be it at the ballot box, in legislative chambers big and small, or on the stoops, sidewalks, and streets of our neighborhoods, humans in conversation with one another - in person, in-text message, and on social media - will bring about the change we seek. We aim to harness this interconnected power of all our human connections.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OPEN PROGRESS CONTINUES TO HELP ALABAMIANS DESPITE THE ALABAMA SECRETARY OF STATE'S RECKLESS COMMENTS

Open Progress is aware of the Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill’s statement that Open Progress has distributed messages telling eligible voters that they are not registered to vote.  These statements are false and reckless, and risk causing more confusion than the Secretary of State’s office has already caused by placing hundreds of thousands of voters on “inactive” status.

Open Progress has sent the Secretary the following letter setting the record straight.  What it is important for Alabama Voters to know is that they still have time – up until 11:59pm tonight – to register to vote or update their voter registration online on the Secretary of State’s website.  Voters can contact Open Progress by sending an email to [email protected] to have a one-on-one conversation with a real person to answer questions about the registration process.  We have volunteers standing by up until tonight’s deadline.  Voters who are eligible also have until December 7 to request an absentee ballot, and all other voters should make sure they have a plan to vote in the special election on Tuesday, December 12.  Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm on Election Day. 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OPEN PROGRESS APPLIES WINNING STRATEGIES TO REGISTER VOTERS FOR ALABAMA SPECIAL ELECTION

November 21, New York, NY - Open Progress is applying its winning techniques and technology to the upcoming December 12th Special Election for the US Senate in Alabama.

Undoing the damage for a 25-year voter in Alabama

Undoing the damage for a 25-year voter in Alabama

“December 12th is a crucial moment for Alabama,” said Elizabeth Haynes, Co-founder of Open Progress. “The actions by the Secretary of State’s office have led to thousands of Alabama voters being marked ‘inactive’ when, in fact, they vote - and vote regularly.  No voter regardless of political party should feel singled out or intimidated by unnecessary paperwork at the polls on Election Day.  But, these ‘inactive’ voters will.  We want to fix this for these voters now, before the November 27 registration deadline.  It’s urgent that all voters who wish to vote can and can do so without fear on December 12.”

Supporting voter registration is a top priority of Open Progress, which seeks to minimize the influence of money in government and politics. Expanding the electorate and helping all voters vote is a key plank of how Open Progress believes the corrupting power of money can be offset in the United States.

Open Progress and a team of 800+ volunteers are donating their time and energy to reach out via text message to all voters marked inactive so that their registration information can be updated and their status changed to active prior to the December 12th special election. All of the funding behind Open Progress’ Alabama outreach program is donated, with the average donation being $25.

Open Progress knows the power of person-to-person texting, as volunteers in the Open Progress and OPro LLC Text Troop sent over 1.2 million text messages in support of 51 Virginia House of Delegates candidates as well as Mark Herring for Attorney General this year.

Donations in support of our Alabama Voter Registration campaign can be made here bit.ly/DonateAlabamaOP

About Open Progress

Open Progress is a 501c(4) not-for-profit started to make the world more just by minimizing the influence of money in government and politics. Working in close partnership with volunteer groups, ballot initiatives, and issue campaigns, Open Progress enables modern ways of reaching people: on-point social media, human-to-human texting, and volunteer- to-opportunity matching. Applying pragmatic approaches means reducing the costs to build an engaged audience, and reduces the heavy dependence on raising money, resulting in digital coalitions that inspire people at the local and district level to act in real life.

End Big Money.  Open Progress.  https://openprogress.com

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