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Democracy.com Hopes to Level Campaign Playing Field With Social Network For Politics

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, October 15 2013

Most candidates for political office in America, especially local offices, don't have a website. Democracy.com is a new start-up that is hoping to build a robust political social network by focusing on meeting the basic technology needs of those candidates, Miranda Neubauer reports. Read More

After a Lackluster Election Year, Votizen Acquired by Causes.com

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, January 11 2013

Left to right: Now on the same team: David Binetti, Matt Mahan and Jason Putorti. Photo: Causes.com

Votizen made a splash in 2011 when it debuted as part of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's election campaign. The tool was one of the first platforms to explore social voting — asking supporters of a candidate or cause to reach out to eligible voters from among their friends on social networks. But while major political parties and issue campaigns picked up some of Votizen's competitors, their platform's growth chart looks kind of flat: A modest 100,000 users and 200 paying customers as of shortly after election day.

So maybe it should be no surprise that Votizen will no longer be flying solo. On Thursday, the social activism and online petitioning website Causes.com announced it would acquire the company under undisclosed terms. All user activity from 2012 will be wiped from the platform — but Causes.com will pick up all eight of the company's staff in the deal.

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Build A Slatecard With DemDash

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, November 6 2012

As PBS Newshour reported Monday, voters across the United States will be asked to vote on an unusually high number of ballot measures this year. Read More

Further Down the Ballot, Little Love for a "Social Voting" Tool

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, November 5 2012

Rachel Norton, a vice president of the San Francisco Board of Education, says Votizen's interface "leaves a lot to desired."

The idea that new tools could make voting social has taken off among high-level campaigns that understand the power of one-to-one connections online. But at the grassroots, where Votizen's co-founders hope to grow most of their clients, this seed of an idea has yet to sprout. Read More

Where's Your Polling Location? On IOS 6, There's Now An App To Help You Find Out

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, October 30 2012

Votizen, the San Francisco social voting startup, launched a new feature for the iPhone's new operating system Tuesday that provides registered voters with polling information location, as well as information about their ... Read More

Seeking "Social" Presidential Election Coverage, CNN and Facebook Partner Up

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, July 9 2012

CNN and Facebook unveiled a new partnership on Monday that signals a clear desire by CNN to expand its audience with a trio of new initiatives on the global social network.

The network, which has seen its ratings falter over the past year, is launching a new English and Spanish-language Facebook app mid-to-late August called "I'm Voting." Facebook will also examine its users' conversations about the presidential and vice presidential candidates in aggregate and enable CNN on-air personalities to break that information down by state. The network also plans to cooperate with Facebook on user surveys around specific events like the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the presidential debates, and Election Day.

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Sean Parker: New Technology Can Diminish The Dominance Of Money In Politics

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, March 13 2012

Sean Parker's string of investments in the political technology space in recent years are rooted in the belief that lowering the cost of electioneering is the key to diminishing the corrupting influence of money in ... Read More

Votizen and DemDash: Can They Make Voting Social?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, November 4 2011

Can we make voting for candidates and advocating for issues more social? And more specifically, can we make the whole process of supporting and endorsing candidates in advance of an election, or promoting a position on a ... Read More