VotersAct.com is a website for candidates to explain their positions, accept donations, and engage grassroots support. Supporters can create fundraising pages to explain their vote, solicit money for campaigns, and share their opinion through email and social media.
“Our platform significantly expands a campaign’s reach by allowing voters to tell their friends why they support a candidate,” says Kelly Barnes, co-founder of Voters Act. “When people talk to each other, instead of hearing from the campaign, you facilitate a more trustworthy form of outreach.”
Candidates can post profiles in order to solicit funds from supporters, but more importantly, individuals can go on and become fundraisers for candidates and solicit funds for their various candidates using social media links through the site.
“If you look at the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, you see a lot of political frustration. People feel left out of the process,” stated Hudson Baird, the second co-founder. “We want people to get engaged around worthy candidates and important races. We want small donors and suburban families to have a voice.”
Voters Act charges the candidates a 4% fee on donations for using the site, and a check is mailed to the campaign office every Friday.
The site, which launched in November of this year, has only a handful of candidates currently, but if the website catches on, it could mean a whole new level of involvement for local candidates and their supporters.
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