ImpactAlpha, April 17 – BallotReady aggregates biographies, issue stances, news and endorsements across the US to help voters learn more about candidates in local and state elections. There are more than 500,000 local elected officials in the US, said BallotReady’s Alex Niemczewski. “We think there’s a huge opportunity to help voters choose the next half-million, hold them accountable, and make democracy work the way it should.”
- Check out… how the information is presented in a sample ballot.
- BallotReady plans… to offer information on local elections in all 50 states by the 2018 midterm elections.
- Investors include… InvestHER Ventures, New Media Ventures, Hard Yaka, Wakestream Ventures, and Grubhub’s CEO Matt Maloney. Political strategists David Axelrod and Mike Murphy lead the startup’s advisory board.
Other “civic tech” startups that have raised venture capital funding include Change.org, Boston-based blockchain startup Voatz, and data visualization startup LiveStories. Investors with dedicated civic tech strategies include Propel Capital, New Media Ventures, and Omidyar Network.