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E-Democracy.Org/Minnesota E-Democracy
3211 E. 44th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406 USA
US Tel: +1 612 246 4594
UK Tel: +44 1273 78 2494
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24 Hour Voice Mail/FAX: +1 612 605 0137
Skype: e-democracy Skype e-democracy!

Contact Us: Via web form, e-mail, etc.

Mission

Expanded participation and stronger democracies and communities through the power of information and communication technologies and strategies.

Goals

1. Engagement: Strengthen, expand, and diversify engagement through effective and meaningful online discussions and information exchange on public issues

2. Information and Civic Education: Increase the use and relevance of information resources about elections, governance, the media, and public affairs to help address public challenges

3. Best Practices and Tools: Develop and disseminate best practices and tools to promote community conversation and engagement, civic education, and information exchange

4. Promote Active Citizenship: Empower participants with online skills and experiences to have an impact on their communities and governments

5. Organizational Capacity and Sustainability: Maintain an ethical, stable, and financially strong organization of volunteers and staff that effectively and efficiently responds to growing and changing expectations, opportunities, and responsibilities

Official registered as Minnesota E-Democracy, E-Democracy.Org is now the name we use for our activities in the United States, New Zealand and  United Kingdom initiatives, our U.S. election information directory and local committees/chapters. In our second decade, we updated our mission in 2006, and in 2007 we adopted a major strategic plan to prepare the foundation for more local Issues Forums. For an inside view follow our Project Blog and Projects wiki.

More Details

Minnesota E-Democracy established in 1994 created the world's first election-oriented web site.   We sponsor election year online partnerships to promote citizen access to election information and interaction. We are known for hosting online candidate debates.  In 2002, we launched MyBallot.net, a popular service that allows you to look up who is on your ballot and your polling place location.

Our year round focus is on the use of the Internet to improve citizen participation and real world governance through online discussions and information and knowledge exchange. Our discussion index will help you explore this exciting area of our Issues Forum work.  Be sure to visit the messages on the web to get a real flavor of the value of respectful online political conversations that are based on geography. 

Through our  U.S. election information exchange and citizen-led forum development efforts outside of Minnesota (like the UK), E-Democracy is now expanding based on our capacity and grass roots support to other areas.

In 1996 we received 501.c3 non-profit status from the IRS (final determination letter - PDF), making contributions tax-deductible. Our official Articles of Incorporation approved by the IRS on September 25, 1996 may be of interest.  Our Employer Identification Number is 41-1835917 and we are registered with the GuideStar service.  

E-Democracy is volunteer-based and sustainable at a low cost of operations.  Long-term efforts to expand activities, seek donations and grants, and develop staff support are underway.

E-Democracy is a registered trademark.  Upon request and review of the proposed use, Minnesota E-Democracy is willing to consider licensing this registered mark to non-profit organizations and government only for use in its organization, websites and/or products and services. Please contact Minnesota E-Democracy for more information.

More information is available on the following pages:

Board  

You may reach the Board and leading volunteers as a whole via our comment form - put "Board" message in the subject line.

Many thanks go out to our former Board Members:

Tamara Blaschko
Terrell Brown 

Scott Aikens (also Project Coordinator in 1996)
Scott Lystig Fritchie
Diane Gibson
Sheldon Mains

Everyday Leaders
Further
Background
 

 
E-Democracy.Org hosts quality online public spaces for citizen interaction on public issues.

An updated Fact Sheet is available and details on our developments are released via our project blog.

For details on our project's history see our archives of previous election year activities

A number of important papers are available from our research section.

For those interested in receiving announcements from others in the democracy online community, join the Democracies Online Newswire and check out the E-Democracy Resources links flyer.