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ThinkVoting and OCI Group Launch
The Voting App™ a Non-Partisan Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Mobile Application
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Our Community Inc., LLC (OCI Group) has joined with ThinkVoting to launch The Voting App™, the first San Antonio Get Out The Vote (GOTV) mobile application for the 2015 Municipal Elections. The non-partisan mobile app is endorsed and supported by the San Antonio Area League of Women Voters and the Common Ground for Texans Board of Directors. ThinkVoting and OCI Group formed a partnership premised upon both entities’ commitment to developing civic engagement and leadership within our community.
For Americans, nothing needs transformation more urgently than our political system. The foundation of any democracy is the electoral process, and by utilizing powerful technologies like mobile data, ThinkVoting is leading the way in building an innovative platform that will create the first digital ecosystem for representative democracy. The Voting App consolidates scattered and fragmented information into a single place, and gives every voter the “who, what, when, where, why and how” for any election, making participation easier and more effective than ever before. Increasing access to information and awareness around our city’s leadership will increase voter turnout and engagement in electing these leaders.
The ThinkVoting Analytic Platform also enables potential voters, candidates, organizations and elected officials from all levels of government to easily connect and share information with each other from a central location. Voters receive the benefit of having a credible source to access all of the information they need to make an informed voting decision and get to the polls, while candidates have a free platform to present their campaign messaging, connect with voters, and potentially gather polling data throughout and after each election.
“The decision to forge a partnership with ThinkVoting was an absolute must,” Analco González, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of OCI Group says, “as both entities are premised on effecting positive change in the world. We believe in The Voting App and how it is altering the way civic engagement and civic responsibility are approached in our community in an innovative and positive manner; much like we believe that any business or organization can positively impact their communities. We must engage more people in the voting process and do so through the creation of new and inventive mechanisms like The Voting App.”
“In the last 25 years, voter turnout in cities across the US has declined by more than 20%. This trend worsens when you look at the biggest, fastest growing cities like San Antonio, which has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the country. However, harnessing the power of mobile data in a responsible, non-partisan way can be the agent for change that is needed,” says Joseph Santori, President & Co-Founder OR Jeff Cardenas, Co-Founder (WHO DO YOU WANT?) “Through our relationship with OCI Group, we will make San Antonio the model for the rest of the United States by increasing voter turnout and knowledgeable voters. This launch is in anticipation of the 2016 Presidential Elections and San Antonio will be at the forefront of moving the needle for communities all over the United States. We are excited to see how our relationship will impact lives throughout our community moving forward.”
OCI Group is a private company with a social purpose mission. We want to alter the trajectory of communities by utilizing a very unique business model that is truly changing the world every day. The power of a community who is aware and engaged in the political process is incredible and tools like The Voting App help to insure that our community is prepared to uphold their responsibility as citizens. Simply put, The Voting App is the ultimate toolkit for the modern voter. It has been designed from the ground up to be scalable and dynamic in order to accommodate any election, and has the potential to completely revolutionize the way we all participate in a modern democracy. Perhaps most importantly, it invites citizens who have been overwhelmed by the vast amounts of information regarding issues and candidates, and organizes details so that a seasoned, as well as novice voter, can easily navigate issues based on what is important to them and their community.
About OCI Group
OCI Group is a for-profit social purpose consulting firm focused on economic and leadership development. They work with companies, organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to support building genuine “social purpose businesses (SPBs),” through which they demonstrate that being concerned with the “greater good” in the community will help them achieve their goals and improve their bottom line. They engage local leaders, business owners and develop resources – social, political and financial – to create a contingent of people that will support the client’s endeavors.
www.oci-group.com and follow at www.facebook.com/ocigroup Twitter @OCIGroup
ThinkVoting has a new vision for 21st Century democracy. Utilizing the latest technologies, they are building a mobile platform that will completely transform the way we all participate in a modern democracy. They aim to create tools that will empower voters and candidates alike, and make it easier for everyone to participate in the democratic process and become more civically engaged.
http://bit.ly/sa-tva-oci and follow at www.facebook.com/ThinkVoting Twitter @ThinkVoting
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