Knight Foundation Awards $3 Million to Help Boost Voter Participation

Knight Foundation Awards $3 Million to Help Boost Voter Participation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced a $3 million investment in Democracy Works, a nonpartisan organization working to strengthen civic participation in the United States.

The funding will jump-start a $20 million fundraising campaign in support of TurboVote, a registration and information platform designed to make it easier for U.S. citizens to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and find their polling location. The platform also sends users a reminder for every local, state-wide, and national race and captures comprehensive election data used on platforms such as Google and Facebook. Democracy Works plans to use the funds to improve the platform and boost voter participation around the country.

"The backing of [the] Knight Foundation sets [us] up to raise a new round of support that stands to dramatically impact turnout in the 2020 election and beyond," said Democracy Works CEO Seth Flaxman. "This investment is about improving the health of our democracy — it will help us reach millions of new users, turn the Internet into an onramp for voting, and modernize the voting experience [across] the country."