About My Maryland
MyMaryland.net makes it easy for Maryland voters to learn about and contact their elected officials. We do this by creating the first ever 24/7 online town halls where both voters and their officials are verified. MyMaryland is a project of MyAmerica, Inc., 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We are guided by our civic mission of using the Internet to empower regular people to be heard, strengthen government transparency and accountability, and reduce the influence of money in politics.
How It Works
While an informed and engaged citizenry is essential to representative democracy, 90% of us never contact our officials. But who can blame us?
We’re all busy and traditional ways to contact our representatives such as emails and phone calls are closed interactions that often go unheard. But what if you could go online at any time and join a town hall discussion with your officials and all of your fellow voters in your district? And what if all of the most important info – your official’s sponsored bills, recent votes, and campaign finances – was all in one place and updated in real time? What if you could ask them questions, exchange ideas, and rally support?
This is why we created MyMaryland.net. We envision a better republic, one where officials are much closer to the people they represent. MyMaryland is a pilot in the state of Maryland. If successful, we want to bring our platform to all 50 states and fundamentally transform representative democracy by revolutionizing the relationship between voters and elected officials.
A project of MyAmerica, Inc.
806 Maplewood Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Takoma Park, MD 20912
MyMaryland.net would like to thank all of its partners and funders. MyMaryland.net uses data from the Sunlight Foundation’s Open States API, campaign finance data from OpenSecrets.org and Followthemoney.org, and pictures of representatives from Wikipedia.
MyMaryland was launched with the help of early seed funding from the Sunlight Foundation and Ashoka’s Youth Venture. MyMaryland.net is a proud member of the Terp Start-up Academy in the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at UMD. We are also in the inaugural cohort of the Civic Accelerator, sponsored by Points of Light and Village Capital with support from the Starbucks Foundation and PwC Foundation. Finally, MyMaryland would also like to thank our close partner, Anant Corporation, which has donated significant programmer talent to our project
Want to bring MyMaryland.net to your county, campus, or large organization in Maryland? We recently partnered with UMCP to connect students to campus-level officials, and would love to hear from you.
MyMaryland.net is people-powered. Our site is primarily funded by passionate site users who believe in our vision of a 21st century democracy.
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