Empowering election officials and civil society to increase voter turnout

Empowering election officials and civil society to increase voter turnout

Center for Technology and Civic Life

There are well-established and often quite simple tools and tactics for increasing voter turnout. The problem is that they are generally deployed today by the campaigns themselves, meaning that they are focused only on the demographics likely to support the candidate – and campaigns without the resources or know-how are disadvantaged. There are, however, government employees whose job it is to ensure that voting is easy and widespread; they often simply lack the know-how to deploy those tools and tactics. Tiana Epps-Johnson and her colleagues at the Center for Technology and Civic Life are meeting this need by empowering those election officials and civil society to ensure that those who vote are more representative of the public at large.

Interview

1) Who are you and how did you come to get involved in this work?

2) Why is your work important?

3) What distinguishes your project from similar efforts – and why do you believe it will succeed in ways that other efforts might not?

4) What does success look like in five years – how will things be different if you’re successful?