VoteWithMe

Remind your friends to cast their vote 🗳️

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#1 Product of the DaySeptember 15, 2018

See which friends live in swing districts and need your reminder to vote.

Reviews

  • Pros: 

    Easy to use, effective.

    Cons: 

    It won't use itself, get going!

    Vote With Me matches your phone contacts with an excellent voter file and can show you who you need to turn out in any given election. Given the biggest problem in any election isn't registration, but just getting registered voters out to the polls, this is a crucial tool. It's also much better to get a message from a friend vs. a campaign. The crowdsourcing of who's been contacted through Vote With Me is also a great touch.

    As someone who built this in 2011, but using Facebook friends, I know it's a great a tool, but it's up to passionate folks to use it and turn out their friends, it won't use itself. Get going.

    Jason Putorti has used this product for one month.
  • Albert J. Wong
    Albert J. WongI write code
    Pros: 

    Easy to use! You get to see info about yourself too.

    Cons: 

    Matching friends is sometimes a miss, but it's easy to work around.

    It's a great way to see who in your friend sphere might be in a critical campaign and then gently nudge them (with your explicit permission) to vote. Yay!

    Albert J. Wong has used this product for one day.

Discussion

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Will Friedman
Will FriedmanMaker@willfriedman · Entrepreneur
Today we are launching a new version of VoteWithMe, our free, easy-to-use mobile app that lets you amplify your impact in the November election by finding and encouraging your like-minded friends to vote as well. It’s up and running and available now in the Apple and Android app stores. How it works: First we help you check your own registration status and vote history, because voting yourself is the first most important thing to do. Then, with your permission, we look up the voter data for the people you know, using your contact list. When we find someone, we show you relevant information about their local elections, their registration status, and *whether* they have voted in past elections. We’ll suggest text messages that might be appropriate to send to them. But we never put words in your mouth or send any messages without asking. You push the button yourself. We know, asking your friends to do things is awkward. That’s why it is so much more powerful than talking to strangers. We’ve done the science and found that messages from friends are about *twenty times more effective* at encouraging voter turnout than other common methods. You may have seen similar apps before, but you haven’t seen this one. We don’t force you to register with us or with any other group. We don’t put you on an email list, because we don’t have one. The app contains no ads, and we never ask you to donate money. You have to grant us permission to access your contact list, because looking up your contacts in the voter file is what the app does. And that’s the only thing it does. We do not permanently save your contacts, and they are not being sold to or shared with anyone. VoteWithMe is powered by public records that most people don’t realize are public. Campaigns have known this fact, and used these records, for decades, and sometimes have taken steps to prevent you from realizing it. We feel that as long as this data exists, regular people not on a political payroll should be able to see and use it too. VoteWithMe packages up a campaign back office and puts it in your hand, minus the empty pizza boxes and whiskey bottles. Trust us, VoteWithMe smells better. We don’t think anyone has done this before. We hope you like using VoteWithMe as much as our hundreds of UX interviews suggest you will. And if so, please, spread the word to your friends. Benjamin Franklin famously said to the people gathered on the steps outside Independence Hall that the new government was “a Republic, if you can keep it.” We can keep it a little longer, only if enough of us bother to vote. VoteWithMe can help.
Mikey Dickerson
Mikey DickersonMaker@mikeyd · Free Radical
Why this avoids the data harvesting that most similar apps do: When I worked on the 2008 and 2012 campaigns to elect President Obama, data and technology were a critical part of how we won. In those innocent times, advertising to Prius owners on Facebook was edgy and innovative. Since then, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have pushed the boundaries and forced us to wonder where tailored marketing crosses over to unethical manipulation. You probably have mixed feelings about the data reach and mass surveillance used by political campaigns. So do we.
Stephen Chip
Stephen Chip@stephenchip · Co-founder, Cruise.me
Cool app! I’ll use it to get all my friends to vote to keep the House and Senate and keep the economy roaring.
@stephenchip my thoughts exactly!
Jason Putorti
Jason Putorti@putorti1
@stephenchip Most of us in civic tech are excited to get others to vote, regardless of who they vote for; we'll get better politics and better politicians if more people participate.
@putorti1 Not sure the maker would agree with you, if so, maybe share it on some conservative leaning sites?
Maxine Pierson
Maxine Pierson@maxinepierson
@stephenchip great idea - letds use this for MAGA
Proud American
Proud American@markd70 · ICT
@stephenchip totally agree with you Stephen!
Proud American
Proud American@markd70 · ICT
Will I have to agree with Stephen it would be much cooler app if it would be bias free. I really don’t agree and do not appreciate the app tag line “Let’s fix the mess”. If you are referring to booming economy with growth rates and low unemployment not seen in decades or lower taxes for every working American or lowest taxes for small businesses as a mess??? You probably don’t have children either because you can’t comprehend what it is to feel safe again in your own country because of what is being done outside and inside the US which resulted in no major terror act for over a year! You probably love the idea of government healthcare for everyone even though no Democrat have been able to clearly explain who will pay for it. “Let’s bring socialism to America” your friends calling, have any of you or them lived under this regime? Do you even know what it is? I guess you don’t care about individualism and prosperity, I guess you want to be a just a number, a part of the machine and being told what to think and do, because I don’t. That was the reason I left one of those countries (as a legal immigrant I might add) and I sure as hell don’t want to end up there again. So open your eyes, look at the facts, read from some true sources not the fake media and make your own conclusions. Don’t let the others brain wash you! And in the meantime I’ll use your app to reach out to all my friends and make sure they vote for the right people.
Aditya C
Aditya C@aditianhacker · Investor | Tech Lead at Microsoft |
Would like to know how the app handles the personal data it gets access to?
Jason Putorti
Jason Putorti@putorti1
@aditianhacker The contacts are used solely to match against the voter rolls in all 50 states and D.C. to show you who's a voter and who isn't. Voter records are public data. New Data Project is a 501c4 non-profit, and unlike Facebook, Google, etc. doesn't care about your personal/contact data nor making a profit on it, they just want you to tell your friends to vote.