Myvoteproject.com, a new tool to know your Sugar Land candidates

By SESHADRI KUMAR

MyVote Project, a nonpartisan voter education organization, is working with students in Sugar Land to proivde voters an accessible resource to learn about the Sugar Land candidates before the city election.

More than 250 high school and college student volunteers across the country are helping citizens know those on their ballots for city elections.

To learn more about MyVote, please visit https://myvoteproject.com. Once you type in your zip code, all nonpartisan information on the City of Sugar Land candidates populate.

What is the story behind MyVote Project?

On February 14, 2018, the shooting in Parkland, FL at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took 17 lives. Sari Kaufman, a sophomore at the time, survived but her worldwas turned upside down. In response, Kaufman and some of her classmates were propelled to action and led March for Our Lives.

During MFOL, Sari focused on voter registration and led a coalition of organizations to collect over 1000 registrations in one day. Kaufman was taken aback by how little information people seemed to have about their local leadership, candidates, and policy issues. Sari’s eyes opened to the problem of misinformation and low information voters, and she set out to solve it.

The following month Sari partnered with professor David McAdams of Duke University and Gita Stulberg, a political strategist. Together they founded MyVote Project.

Today, the site is a reality. After two years of discussing this project with various experts across the country in March when the entire country faced varying levels of quarantine due to COVID-19, hundreds of students from across the country signed up to volunteer virtually. Suddenly the idea became a MyVote Movement. The team has spent seven months researching candidates and policy issues.

In an effort to remain nonpartisan, all candidate information was taken directly from the candidates’ campaign websites and social media accounts, and Duke Sanford Public Policy students guided and mentored the policy researchers to find and cite information from a variety of sources.

In August 2020, MyVote Project launched a pilot in Florida for its mid-August primary. Now in phase II, it expanded into North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and other select cities in time for the general election in November.

The mission of MyVote Project is a nonpartisan voter education project that is working to revolutionize the way people vote and think about politics. The service aims to give voters the background they seek to know the policies that impact their lives and to know the candidates who want to represent them at the most local levels of government.

The platform is a simple tool enabling voters to educate themselves on policies and candidates in their area.

The goal of MyVote Project is to establish and maintain a “one-stop-shop” to easily access the policy platforms of all candidates without having to spend hours researching each candidate.

MyVoteProject is a subsidiary of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Empower the People.

For all inquiries contact [email protected]