Committee of Seventy launches new app in effort to increase voter turnout

The WeVote app provides a rundown of voters' rights and where to find elected officials.

Paul Kurtz
October 11, 2018 - 9:00 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In an effort to beef up turnout at the polls next month, the Committee of Seventy has rolled out a free app chock-full of information for voters. 

More than 100 users have already downloaded the free WeVote app, and the Committee of Seventy is optimistic the numbers will swell once word gets out about this all-encompassing digital tool for voters in Philly and the surrounding counties. 

"Like any app, you go to the app store, download it and then it opens up all the resources that we put together," said Committee of Seventy President and CEO David Thornburgh. "A guide to the elections and the candidates and issues, tells you where your polling place is, the various deadlines for absentee ballots, where to call if there's a problem."

 

The app also provides a rundown of voters' rights and where to find elected officials.

Committee of Seventy Chief Advancement Officer Lauren Cristella said they're pleased with the initial response. 

"So far we have 27 teams and organizations that have signed up and are encouraging their employees to sign up," she said.

And it's not just about this election. Cristella hopes the app will have a long-term impact.  

"What really moves people is when they feel like it's part of the culture, that people in their organization vote and if they're part of the community they should vote, too," she said. "Also, one of the things that we know about the barriers to voting is people don't feel they have enough information to head to the polls. This app puts all of the answers right at their finger tips."

"We hope and expect that voters take us up on the offer," Thornburgh added. "We're really trying to use this to promote a greater culture of voting in Philadelphia. Totally non-partisan, we just want more people in the pool."