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13 September, 2023

Driving Change: AI enables RIDES TO THE POLLS for low income voters

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Activists use AI to match volunteer drives with vulnerable voters so they can get rides to the polls in Virginia.

Why is it hardest for Americans in need to vote?

Voter suppression. MAGA Republicans make it harder for low income families, the rural, seniors, the disabled to vote, so they can pass laws that benefit their rich donors. GOP voter suppression has created the SILENCED MAJORITY.

But, savvy organizers at Center For Common Ground are using AI to match volunteer drivers with vulnerable voters who need a Ride To The Polls. All through a single phone call. No laptop, internet access nor cell phone needed. AI powered bots to handle calls and arrange for rides are affordable. Easy to set up quickly, without your own technical staff.

AI gives the SILENCED MAJORITY their voice back. It let's them vote to protect their health insurance, food benefits, abortion rights and public education by voting.

This map shows areas with the most low income Virginians, many without health insurance. Now look at how far they are from the closest early voting locations. Why is it that poor communities have the fewest early voting locations?

AI powered voicebots help voters get a ride to the polls

Voter suppression silences vulnerable Americans

Many low income, rural communities do not have cell coverage nor internet access. They don't have computers. The mail service can be spotty. All they have is a landline phone. This makes it almost impossible for them to get voting related information.

Republican restrictions of voting by mail and reducing the number of early voting locations makes it even harder for them to vote. Poor public transport, not having a car and being forced to take time off work are other hurdles for them voting.

Activists have their own set of problems: limited funds, staffing and technical expertise.
Staffing a full time hotline may not be available or is too expensive
Some potential voters may not have a smart phone so text based requests aren't possible
Others may not have internet access so a web based form isn't feasible either
Some voters my have bad eyesight or other disability making it hard to use buttons

Listen to an AI powered voicebot arrange for a ride to the polls

Listen to how an AI powered voicebot helps arrange rides to the polls

Artificial intelligence powered apps are an equalizer

AI (artificial intelligence) voicebots easily overcome these hurdles. AI can understand (almost) any accent. Engage in a conversation and transcribe the conversation. This makes it easier for organizers as they do not have to man helplines all the time, nor wade through a pile of voice messages.

The Voicebot interacts with callers through a regular conversation, collects information and save answers for volunteers to follow up with. Voicebots can handle any number of incoming calls simultaneously and they work around the clock. They are affordable and cost a few cents per call. This voicebot was developed with the AI powered Twilio platform in two days.

Democrats help people vote. Republicans use voter suppression to prevent people from voting

Learn more about the Virginia 2023 elections

Virginia Election Info: Your Way, Your Say!
Dialing for Democracy: Phonebank to Defend Reproductive Rights in Virginia
Virginia Handmaid’s Tale: Christian Nationalists Defund Public Schools
Virginia Votes: The App That Puts Democracy in Your Hands

Center For Common Ground

Center for Common Ground was founded to educate and empower under-represented voters in voter suppression states to engage in elections and advocate for their right to vote. It aims to build a democracy that prioritizes the voices of ALL people. The Center for Common Ground fights voter suppression and empowers underserved communities.

It runs campaigns with local partners across the country to increase voter turnout and defend voting rights on the local, state, and national levels. Its volunteers educate, mobilize, and empower Black voters in voter suppression states across the South to engage in local issues and make their voices heard at the ballot box. Support Center For Common Ground.

TakeAway: Use AI to fight voter suppression and arrange for rides to the polls. Voting should not be a privilege reserved only for wealthy Americans.

Deepak
DemLabs

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