My name is Ian, and I am the newest member of WeVote. I am truly excited for what we are going to do for society as whole and for communities of all sizes. Before I go in depth about why I wholeheartedly support WeVote, I’d like to give a little background on me.
I am a Lincoln, Nebraska native and I have lived here all my life. I have always had an interest in politics and my political involvement peaked my senior year of high school during the 2016 primaries. I volunteered with my cousin who was in charge of the primary in our district, and it really gave me insight on how our political process works. Watching real people discuss issues that were important to them with other community members really inspired me.
My political interest did not stop there. My freshman year of college at UNL I wrote a paper about political polarization, and the problems we faced having conversations about politics after the 2016 presidential election. It talked about echo-chambers, and internet trolls, and how propaganda ruined the way we had disagreements. Social media had become a tool for causing fabricated noise and stirring drama.
The burnout from the most toxic election cycle in history curbed my interest in politics. I mean how could we have any productive output, when we aren’t even able to have productive input. I continued to think about this from a psychological perspective for years. People are scared to get involved in politics, because they do not have a good way of sharing their voice that allows for real, productive conversations. Americans feel voiceless in the system that is supposed to work for them.
After all this time spent thinking to myself, I met WeVote’s CEO, Andy, after I met him last year and he told me more about WeVote’s mission to engage, educate and empower every citizen to have an equal voice in our government. As a 19 year old college student, I was extremely interested to hear him talk about entrepreneurship and starting his own organization. Over the past year, we have spent countless hours discussing WeVote and how it could completely change our current political climate. Eventually I decided to stop taking classes because I realized that there are many different paths to making important changes.
I believe WeVote to be one of the most important changes that we can make. If you are wondering why I’m here now, it is because I truly believe that WeVote can make a WORLDWIDE positive impact. WeVote offers a solution to all of the problems I was discussing before. We are a platform where real voters can discuss with real voters. We are a platform that makes it easier for representatives to see how their constituents truly feel about important issues. We are a platform that allows easy methods to improve political transparency across the board. WeVote is nothing short of a political revolution.
The path forward is clear and there is plenty of work to be done. I’m so excited to provide this public service for the people, and I’m excited to turn this dream into a reality.
Data & Research Manager