I love that the Democratic Party has gotten its act together so well with regard to new media. This week, within a few minutes of each other, two emails hit my inbox. One was announcing a new iPhone app for the Democratic Party and the other was a new website called “Raise Your Vote“.
RaiseYourVote.com is a new site focused on a massive Democratic voter registration effort. But it’s much more than that.
We just launched RaiseYourVote.com, the centerpiece of our huge voter registration effort.
RaiseYourVote.com isn’t just a voter registration site. It serves as a powerful clearinghouse for voter information across the country — armed with pretty much everything you need to know to cast your ballot. It even automatically personalizes to the user’s location — so when you visit the site, you’ll see voter information for your state.
The 2008 election was a pivotal moment for our democracy. We saw 15 million people cast ballots for the first time and millions more vote for the first time in decades. These voters helped put President Obama over the top, and made the difference in tight races across the country.
This site is about ensuring that we build on that same energy this year. Congressional elections are known to have lower participation than those for president, so we’re starting early with a tool that will help get more Americans involved. And, really, RaiseYourVote.com is just the online part of our unprecedented voter registration efforts already under way on the ground, which we’re ramping up with a national voter registration day of action across the country on July 17th.
Casting a ballot shouldn’t be too hard or confusing for anyone — and we’re trying to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get the information they need. In fact, we even created a RaiseYourVote.com “widget” that users can install on their own blogs or websites, making it easy for people everywhere to make registering to vote as simple as possible.
Please help us spread the word — send it on to three friends today:
This effort dovetails nicely with the Democratic Party’s “VOTE 2010 campaign aimed at getting as many of the nearly 15 million first-time voters from 2008 back to the polls in November.
So, why don’tchya tell someone about it?! You know, some of your awesome Democratic friends? Thanks!
And then there’s the iPhone app.
I haven’t fully explored this little sucker but what I’ve seen so far I like. A LOT.
- Use it to quickly call your member of Congress
- Receive breaking alerts from the Dems
- Find local Democratic activities like phonebanks and canvasses
- Read the latest Democratic Party talking points on various issues
- Keep up-to-date on all the Dem news that’s fit to … uh … read
From their website:
Alerts: An inbox for receiving AirMail messages that will alert you to breaking news, events in their area, and ways to get involved. AirMail allows you to take action, view video, or RSVP for events within the messages themselves.
Up-to-the-Minute News: Keep up to date on the latest news from D.C., the 2010 elections, and Democratic leaders. Choose between national and local information, and share your favorite stories via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.
Find Events: Find local grassroots events near you. You can RSVP, gets maps and directions, and share event details with friends via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.
Photos & Video: Browse the photos and video from the Democratic Party, including video messages from the President and scenes from grassroots events across the country.
Discussion Points: Get the latest information on the issues of the day, so that you’ll have the facts when you’re talking to neighbors, friends and family, or voters in your community.
Call Congress: Calling your member of Congress is one on the most effective ways to make your voice heard on the issues you care about. Easily find the phone number, call, and report the results of your conversation with your representatives.
Donate: Help support the important work that the Democratic Party is engaged in.
It works on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Tres cool, quite elegant and very useful.
Well done, Dems. I’m glad to see you out in front on this stuff.
I’m just sayin’…