November 1, 2010 11:44 AM   Subscribe

If voting was easier, more people would do it. That's the theory behind TurboVote, the Netflix for voting. According to a New Organizing Institute study, 1.9 million people didn't vote in 2008 because they couldn't find their polling place. Wouldn't it be great if you could vote from home? You can.

In 30 states (and DC), you can vote by mail without an excuse. And Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, Utah, Washington (state) and DC allow permanent no-excuse absentee voting. Sadly for the rest of America, the Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act is stuck in committee.

Even if you can vote by mail, remembering all the elections and tracking down the various registration forms and absentee ballot request forms and figuring out where to mail them (and when to mail them by) is a lot harder than it should be. Rules vary by state, county and sometimes even town or village.

With TurboVote, you enter your information once, and we send you the right forms and a pre-stamped, pre-addressed envelope. All you do is sign and mail. We also send text and email reminders so you don't miss elections.

TurboVote is nonprofit and nonpartisan. We got a mini-grant from the Sunlight foundation, prototyped at Boston University for the 2010 cycle, and are raising money on Kickstarter to take TurboVote nationwide.

It's a simple idea, but we think it could help change our democracy.
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