When we vote, we’re hiring our elected officials. We pay their salaries with our tax dollars. Imagine hiring an employee, paying and promoting them, yet never seeing any of their work. That’s essentially what we’re all doing when we vote & re- elect. And incumbents are re-elected over 90% of the time.
We’re living with an outdated system
- Bills are difficult to research and understand,
- Contacting reps still involves snail mail, picking up the phone, or filling out long forms online,
- Petitions don’t work. To elected officials, petitions are merely a list of names – you may not be one of their voters, and the person signing the petition has no way to track outcomes
How IssueVoter Works
Opt in to the issues you care about. Even if you’re not an “activist” or “political”, everyone cares about something, for example, education, healthcare, gun laws, taxes, or the economy. As politics has become more and more polarized, it’s individual issues that matter.
Receive alerts on upcoming bills along with their summaries, pros, cons, and related news. Delivered to your inbox, and where you already are. You can customize the issues or frequency of email alerts at any time. Make your voice count before new laws are passed.
Reduced Outside Influence. “88% of Capitol Hill staffers agree that electronic messages from constituents influence their bosses' decisions.” -The Congressional Management Foundation.IssueVoter tracks how often your elected officials represent you and which bills pass, helping you become a more informed voter at election time.
Voter Participation. By keeping voters informed throughout the year on issues that matter most to them, more people will see how legislation affects those issues, and recognize the importance of voting and engaging with their representative year-round. Voters will have a more informed view their representatives during election season.
Transparency & Accountability. Politicians are public servants, and we are paying their salaries with our tax dollars to represent us. IssueVoter helps voters track elected officials’ actions, leading to increased transparency and accountability.
Reduced Outside Influence. IssueVoter helps people reach their elected officials so that our representatives hear from more voters, not just lobbyists and the biggest donors. Join us to shift the focus from expensive campaigns to the real work getting done in Congress throughout each legislative session.
Increased Knowledge. IssueVoter encourages its voters to share issues (the fact that a bill exists) without necessarily publicly sharing their private opinions, or starting controversial debates. Be in-the-know about legislation throughout the year that isn’t making headlines, but affects your daily life nonetheless.
Who We Are
Founder Maria Yuan first envisioned IssueVoter while managing a State Senate campaign in Iowa, a battleground state known for its voter engagement. Having previously worked in the State Capitol as a legislative aide, she knew how little contact voters have with legislators year-round despite the fact that reps really do count every voter call and letter. She thought, “How can we extend engagement beyond elections and keep elected officials accountable? How can we help everyone understand laws that will affect their daily lives? And how can people take action in the most effective way?
IssueVoter’s mission is to give everyone an equal voice in our democracy by making civic engagement accessible, efficient, and impactful.
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Send us a note and your resume if you’re interested in volunteering, jobs, our Student Ambassador Program. We look forward to hearing from you!
For more information about the legislative process, you can watch this 3-minute Schoolhouse rock video: I’m Just a Bill on Capitol Hill. It’s old school (from 1975!), but in a way, so is Congress.