Jeremy Smith (Executive Director) is a West Point graduate and Marshall scholar. He served five years in the Army as an Engineer officer. After leaving the military, Jeremy worked to provide operational guidance and planning for several Voter Protection initiatives, where he helped recruit, train, and coordinate more than 6,000 attorneys countering voter suppression.
Madeline Eden (Technical Director) Voting rights activist, and election security analyst. Former Texas candidate for the US House of Representatives, District 10. Madi is an entrepreneur and problem solver who has worked in the information technology sector for almost three decades. She spent much of her career in Austin working as a Software Architect and Engineering Manager for Dell and AMD. In addition to her current work with R2V, Madi is also the Chief Technology Officer for Blockchain Innovation, Inc.
Cody Schank (Data Scientist) has a PhD in Geography from the University of Texas, where he researched techniques to model the spatial distribution of endangered species. He is a longtime GIS user, now evolving into a Data Scientist that enjoys solving problems with data. He is passionate about using his technical background to help create new ways to empower individuals to vote and participate in democracy.
Wylie Chang earning his BA from Tufts University in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. The son of Chinese immigrants, he calls Seattle home and is currently based in Boston. He is passionate about strengthening public institutions and renewing citizen confidence in government. As part of the 2016 Voter Protection effort in Florida, he designed a program to cure absentee ballots, which, without intervention, would have been disqualified on the grounds of their signatures being mismatched or missing. After a federal judge issued an injunction that ruled such disqualifications unconstitutional, the national volunteer effort contacted over 60,000 voters to coach them through the ballot curing process in four languages.
It’s no surprise that Texas consistently ranks among the five states with the lowest voter turnout.
In Texas, over 4.5 million voting-age citizens are not registered to vote. This is primarily due to laws that restrict voter registration efforts.
One of the most effective tools for increasing registration numbers and voter turnout is online voter registration. Unfortunately Texas laws do not currently allow for a direct form of online voter registration. Register2Vote serves as a near approximation of online voter registration that fully complies with all of the legal requirements under Texas State Law.
To register to vote, simply fill out the Register2Vote online application. We will then mail you a voter registration card pre-filled with your information and a prepaid addressed envelope. Simply sign the registration form and put it back in the mail. We will use USPS tracking technology to ensure that your registration arrives safely at your local County Registrar.
Register to vote from your home, without a printer, envelope, or stamp. Simply fill out the online form, sign, and return.
Register2Vote allows organizers to facilitate voter registration without needing to be trained as Voter Deputy Registrars (VDRs).
Additionally, this allows volunteers to help any Texan to get registered, regardless of which county they live in.
Texas State Law requires all volunteers to be trained as VDRs in order to “touch” a completed voter registration form. However, with Register2Vote, the voter sends the signed form directly to their County Registrar never touching the hands of our Register2Vote volunteers.
With Register2Vote, volunteers can help voters enter their information into our system. We take care of as many steps as possible: providing the form to the voter, paying for the postage and return envelope. The voter simply fulfills their legal obligations by signing their original signature and sending it directly to their County Registrar. In doing so, we provide an experience as close to online voter registration as is currently legally available.