We have some exciting news to share with you regarding the VOTE411 voters’ guide technology. As many of you know, since 2010 LWVEF has used technology provided by our partner, E the People (ETP), to create the online voters’ guides housed on VOTE411.org. After much thought and evaluation of the voter education field, ETP has decided to dissolve as an organization and asked LWVEF to take over management of the technology and existing client relationships moving forward. This is an important testament to the League’s role as a national leader in the voter education space.

After several months of conversations with ETP, research into other online voters’ guide technology and post-election information provided by Leagues who currently use the technology, we are happy to announce the National Board has voted to acquire E the People’s technology and client relationships effective immediately! We are excited for this incredible new growth opportunity for the League.

What does this mean for you?

Most importantly, by using the same technology moving forward, LWVEF is providing a consistent product for both participating Leagues and voters. We expect little to no disruption for Leagues currently using the system to create their online voters’ guides, or to the voters who rely on VOTE411.org to provide the candidate information they need before heading to the polls. Sustaining and constantly improving VOTE411.org is a key to our organization’s long-term prominence in the voter education space.

Managing the technology should allow us greater flexibility to tailor it to better fit our needs. While ETP was very responsive to our requests and suggested improvements over the years, direct management of the technology will allow us to enhance the product for the League, voters, and our many current and future partners.

Our two year business plan is designed to open up more partnership opportunities between the Leagues and other organizations, including media partners, who currently are or potentially will use the ETP technology. As many of you know, such partnerships can be instrumental in ensuring the League’s information reaches more voters, drives increased League visibility, and opens up revenue streams for Leagues.

As I am sure you can appreciate, this transition will be an ongoing process for the next several months. We thank you for your patience and trust in us as we begin working on this new, exciting endeavor. If you have any questions about these changes, or about VOTE411 in general, please contact Jeanette Senecal at jsenecal@lwv.org.

 

In League, 

 

Chris Carson 

Chair, LWVEF