PARKLAND, FL- Sari Kaufman has been helping create a ground-breaking project to help organize and inform voters around the country. The Stoneman Douglas graduate has been working along with Duke University professors and hundreds of students across America to develop the MyVote Project.
Kaufman's interest in helping to inform voters was inspired by the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas in February of 2018.
"Following the shooting at my school, Stoneman Douglas, I helped plan the Parkland March For Our Lives and organized voter registration efforts," shares Kaufman. "After interacting with numerous voters, both young and old, I noticed that many of them lacked education regarding who candidates were that were running. After doing research, I found that one of the primary reasons people do not vote is because they are not educated on who is running. Further, many people don’t have a resource to find nonpartisan information on policies and where candidates stand on critical issues that affect their daily lives."
Sari Kaufman has utilized that inspiration and knowledge to make the most of her time at home during the unique season that has been ushered in by the Coronavirus pandemic.
"In January of 2020, we launched the first demo of the MyVote Project and started to add more team members," she shares. "Throughout quarantine, we have built our small team into an army of more than 200 student volunteers. We have now researched more than 1500 candidates and completed all research on the county, state, and congressional levels for Florida."
The MyVote project is "a nonpartisan voter education project that is working to revolutionize the way people vote and think about politics. The service aims to give voters the background they seek to know the policies that impact their lives and to know the candidates who want to represent them at the most local levels of government. The goal of the MyVote Project is to establish and maintain a 'one-stop-shop' to easily access the policy platforms of all candidates without having to spend hours researching each candidate."
Kaufman's MyVote Broward is hosting a Virtual MyVote Broward Candidate Forum on Monday, July 27, at 6 p.m. Candidates from a number of contested races will be participating in the forum, including:
- Sheriff Gregory Tony
- State Rep. Tina Polsky and former State Rep. Irving Slosberg, who are both running for State Senate
- Joe Kimok and David Cannedy, candidates running for Broward State Attorney
- Joe Scott and Jennifer Gottlieb, candidates running for Broward County Supervisor of Elections
The Monday forum will provide an outlet for Broward County constituents to learn more about the candidates running in state and county-wide primary elections. MyVote Project has invited all Broward County candidates running in contested races to participate in the forum.
The MyVote Project has been developing well, and their user-friendly website will be launching soon, according to Kaufman.
"We are devoted to providing information on candidates and policies in an easy-to-read format on our website that we are launching on August 8th," she says. "We have been working with Duke professors and more than 200 student volunteers to research candidates and policies to display on the site. We just finished researching all the FL congressional, state, and county candidates."
Kaufman and her peers' development of the MyVote Project will not only give constituents the information they need when voting, but will also reinforce the value of voter participation both locally and nationally.
To register and join the free event, please visit the MyVote Project Broward event site.
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