June 1, 2012

Votizen – Campaign for Candidates Online

Door to door canvassing and cold calls may have been the way dedicated campaigners showed support for their favorite political candidates in the past, but today’s voters have new tools at their disposal. Votizen is a web-based application that people can use to campaign for their favorite candidates and learn about the political process through their social networking accounts.

Votizen is all about passing political knowledge and opinions through groups of friends. To start building your own political network online, create an account with Votizen and connect with your Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter account. Find out where your friends are registered to vote, what parties they belong to, and how frequently they’ve managed to make it to the polls. Votizen shows which of your online friends are voting in swing states, helping you to pinpoint the people who you should be targeting most frequently with political information and campaign announcements. You can also view your own official voting record and history, and show other people online exactly what you stand for.

In addition to helping people promote the candidates they support, Votizen also offers tools that make it easy for social media users to write to their elected officials. For politically aware young people, Votizen is an exciting tool that could play a central part in the next presidential election.

Practical Uses:

  • Promote your favorite candidate to your friends
  • Encourage friends living in swing states to vote in the next election
  • Learn how politically aware your online friends really are
  • Take action to help get your political candidate elected

Insider Tips:

  • Votizen connects with its users’ Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts
  • Votizen’s database currently has information about more than 200 million voters
  • All the data Votizen has gathered comes from publicly-available sources
  • Check out which of your Facebook friends is registered to vote

What we liked:

  • Users can organize virtual canvassing parties online
  • Votizen identifies actual voters in its users’ online network of friends
  • The app automatically highlights voters living in swing states
  • People can start letter writing campaigns with the help of the web-app

What we didn’t like:

  • Some people may not feel comfortable discussing politics online


  • None

Company Info:

  • Launched: 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: David Binetti and Jason Putorti
  • Web site:


  • Free

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