We founded Votocracy to try to improve politics and the political process
It was the fall of 2010, in the aftermath of the mid-term elections and the beginning of the the partisan extremes that left us, and we suspect most Americans, feeling that our elected officials do not reflect us in any way. Unlike them each day we get along with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. We spend time together, solve problems, discuss everything from weather to religion and generally treat each other with respect. And we get a lot done every day. We thought of how little we would accomplish if we acted the way our elected officials now do: digging into intractable "sound bite" positions, raising our voices louder when others don't agree with us instead of listening, showing and telling others we don't respect them. We knew there had to be a better way.
At the same we discussed how imporant it was that our country get on with fixing the problems we have. We all believed that if we got 10 Americans together and asked them to solve any problem they could all do it and without any of the nonsense. We wondered how to fix a badly broken political system. Then we watched social media and it's amazing ability to connect people directly literally change the world during the Arab Spring. We knew social media was a big part of the solution. It was also game changer as it dramatically reduced the cost to participate in democracy.
Our mission is simple. It's also non-partisan as none of us are active politically and we believe that our personal viewpoints don't matter. Where we completely agree is that we all need to work together to end politics as usual. Let's use social media to get real, ongoing engagement between voters and candidates of all parties. Let's get more voices involved and present more choices about what needs to be done. We welcome everyone to participate. Please join us!
Terry Drayton, Dave Remer, Bryan Lee and Joe Barrett