American democracy suffers from one of the lowest participation rates in the world. Roughly half of all voting-age citizens vote in U.S. presidential elections; and many local elections, which determine critical issues like education, infrastructure and public safety, see fewer than one in ten people participate.
Ultimately, low participation means US democracy is less healthy and less responsive than it should be.
Seth founded TurboVote to modernise the infrastructure of US democracy by integrating it more closely with people’s 21st century lives.
At the core of TurboVote is a digital platform – TurboVote.org – that aims to simplify voting for every voter in the United States.
The initial focus for Seth has been on voter registration and vote-by-mail. TurboVote makes
both as easy as renting a film, with the goal of keeping Americans registered and making sure they
don't miss any elections, from school board to presidential.
Goals and objectives
Going forward Seth is investigating how TurboVote could be helpful in other ways – for example as an educational tool that can email ballot previews to voters, or to provide more in-depth information about candidates or specific ballot measures. Through universities, partner organizations and local governments,
TurboVote expects to reach over five million voters by 2014, and then over 100 million in 2016.