New Election App—Change Politics—Will Increase Citizen Participation and Shift Influence in Elections
Since 2007, Change.org has been committed to empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see.
Today, we’re excited to announce our new mobile elections platform — Change Politics — that will increase citizen participation in campaigns by allowing voters to engage directly with the candidates in the lead up to the election, and shift influence in elections from parties and paid ads, to individuals’ trusted personal networks.
Our vision is a world in which election outcomes are determined by voters armed with information from the people they trust most, rather than just political ads or party affiliation.
On Change Politics, every voter can:
Submit questions directly to the candidates, and upvote questions so that the most popular rise to the top.
Easily find endorsements from the people and organizations they trust most.
As the election nears, create a personalized ballot guide, powered by endorsements from their trusted network, to take with them to the polls on their smartphones.
Have a question for the US presidential candidates? You can add your voice by submitting a question to Change Politics now.
We’re also partnering with a number of media outlets that will source citizen questions for candidates, and state and national organizations that will publish their endorsements on the platform.
Secretary Hillary Clinton, Governor John Kasich, Senator Bernie Sanders, Governor Mike Huckabee, Governor Jeb Bush, Governor Chris Christie, Doctor Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Mayor Martin O’Malley have all signed on to respond to questions submitted by Change Politics users.
“Change Politics puts voters at the center of the electoral process,” said Change.org Founder and CEO Ben Rattray. “By empowering people to directly communicate with candidates, and easily find information about who to vote for from the people they trust, we’re building a new source of citizen power to rival political ads and party affiliation.”
We could not be more excited about the promise of this platform to build a new source of citizen power to rival political ads and party affiliation, and, crucially, to build on Change.org’s mission to empower people everywhere to work together to create change.
More than 35 million Americans have engaged directly with their elected officials via Change.org – including President Obama, Sens. Mitch McConnell, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker, Mayors Ed Lee and Bill De Blasio, and Reps. Mike Honda, Paul Ryan, and Patrick Murphy. Users have contributed to major legislative wins in the past year like the ABLE Act, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for America’s Veterans (SAV) Act, the Zadroga Act, and a new government task force to investigate the practice of FGM in the US.
Change Politics is designed as a mobile web app, but can also be accessed via a desktop computer. It lives at www.changepolitics.org.
Here is a full list of our launch partners:
- Des Moines Register
- Concord Monitor
- Las Vegas Review-Journal
- Town Hall Media
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Americans for Tax Reform
- Coalition to Reduce Spending
- College Republicans
- EDF Action
- Everytown for Gun Safety
- Fix the Debt
- Global Zero
- Marijuana Policy Project
- National Campus Leadership Council
- Network Lobby
- No Labels
- Science Debate
- Sunlight Foundation
- The Franklin Project/Service Nation
- United States Student Association
- Humane Society Legislative Fund
- League of Conservation Voters Action Fund
- Voto Latino
- Every Child Matters in Iowa
- Iowa Association of Business and Industry
- Iowa Environmental Council
- America’s Renewable Future
- Iowa Right to Life
- Iowa Pays the Price
- Make it Work Iowa
- League of Women Voters of Iowa
- American Council of Engineering Companies
- Every Child Matters in NH
- Josiah Bartlett Center
- National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire
- New Hampshire Network for Education Opportunity
- New Hampshire Rebellion
- Teamsters Local 633
- Children’s Advocacy Alliance
- American Institute of Architects