press release

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.