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Meet the 2017 Finalists: Ready Set Vote, The Municipal League Foundation

Posted by Jaimisa Gourley
SVP Fast Pitch 2017 - Semifinals

Our MissionThe Municipal League builds trust in local politics through nonpartisan civic engagement. Ready Set Vote, a project of the Municipal League, simplifies ballots by using trust, making it easy to vote quickly and confidently.

What inspires you most about the work you do? Voting is overwhelming. But when people use Ready Set Vote you can watch their confusion change to clarity. It’s incredible. Our users consistently tell us how much they love the tool, including the mom of two young kids who said she wouldn’t have been able to vote without it. We witnessed young people, daughters of immigrants, fill out their ballots for the very first time – with confidence. Ready Set Vote creates a better voting experience for everyone and contributes to a stronger democracy.

What’s next for your organization? 

Right now Ready Set Vote is only available to those of us living in King County. However, people have reached out to us from every corner of Washington State asking us, “When is Ready Set Vote going to be available where I live?” We’ve even gotten requests from all around the country. So that’s what we plan to do: expand the geographic reach of Ready Set Vote to the entire state and beyond.

Geography aside, we also want to broaden the platform to encompass year-round civic engagement with Ready Set Act.

What have you learned from the SVP Fast Pitch process so far? SVP has taught us that even when you have a good idea, the right alchemy of expertise makes all the difference. Our coaches have been able to offer us insight and business acumen we could have never found on our own.  We are indebted to SVP and our coaches for the acceleration it has been able to offer our project.

What are you most excited about on October 24thWe are thrilled, humbled, and proud to be on stage with organizations creating hope and tangible change. We’re also eager to connect with others committed to building a more accessible democracy and lowering the barriers to meaningful civic participation for everyone.

WebsiteReadySetVote.org

Check out the full list of finalists here. Join us at the Final Showdown on 10/24!

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