Sage Voter is a nonprofit project that will make voting easy and engaging. Its primary service is an app that personalizes ballot information for each voter. After a voter answers some questions about their politics, the app will use an algorithm to give a match percentage for each candidate on the ballot. At a glance, a voter will know how each candidate stacks up against their own priorities. If a voter wants to go deeper, they simply click on a candidate and see a breakdown of the positions and how they line up with their own.
We are raising funds to help fund the startup of this organization and pay for important tools we will need to make this a thriving organization on which voters will be able to depend. Your donation will be used to pay for organization start-up costs, including filing fees, 501c3 filing, and other operational costs. It will also enable us to get some of the important digital infrastructures that the app will require. We have a timetable of 3 months to get things fully operational. Please visit us at https://sagevoter.org.
People are busy and often do not have the time to meaningfully research the candidates on their ballots. Some people skip races, vote with a vague understanding of the candidate's positions, or take uninformative shortcuts, like using a voter guide or identity politics to draw conclusions. Worse yet, many people choose to not vote at all, finding the responsibility daunting. None of these things are good for democracy and they stifle the voice of the voter, who should be electing people who will bring their concerns and remedies forward to our governing bodies. Some might say that it's the voter's responsibility to keep themselves informed and to vote for their interests, but can we blame people when our economic, social, and political system all work against that goal in one way or another. Our democracy needs voters that are engaged and knowledgeable. To that end, voters need a solution that will make voting for their best representation easier and more engaging.
The solution is Sage Voter. This is the ultimate voter resource. The information will be customized to each voter and it will be clear at a gland which candidates will best represent them. When voters first use Sage Voter, they will be greeted with an engaging experience answering a survey of their political priorities. This information will allow the app's algorithm to compare the voter's priorities with those of every candidate on their ballot and provide a match percentage for each. For each race, the voter will see candidates from their best to worst match with the corresponding match percentage. Pressing on any candidate will open a breakdown of that candidate's match to the voter and invite the voter to dive even deeper into the candidate's priorities. Whether shallow or deep, every voter will know who they are voting for relative to themself. Every voter can choose their best representation.
- Luis Pascual
- Ryan Whitney
- Vivian Queija
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