The New York Daily News today features how Mobile Commons helped the Obama campaign win the election, and assisted New York and New Jersey in keeping citizens informed about where they could vote in the aftermath of Sandy.
In an article entitled “Mobile might: Sandy’s wrath no match for B’klyn tech firm on election day,” the Daily News writesIn the days leading up to the election, mobile messaging company Mobile Commons sent millions of text messages for the Obama campaign and also got the word out to local voters on where they could vote if their regular polling places were shuttered by Hurricane Sandy. And the tech company did it all even though its own offices were shuttered for days by the mega storm.
The article notes that, in addition to the tens of millions of texts we sent through the life of the Obama campaign, we helped over 250,000 people find out where to vote on election day. That was especially vital as polling places throughout New York and New Jersey had to be relocated due to the hurricane’s devastation.
The Daily News also describes how our platform may have tipped the tide in one battleground state:One last-minute effort may have even helped Obama win Virginia. At 5 pm on Tuesday, Mobile Commons identified 150,000 volunteers in the state who made sure people waiting in long lines were able to vote.”
The article quotes our CEO, Jed Alpert, on how our system kept working, even as Sandy forced us to leave our DUMBO offices. “We functioned absolutely smoothly,” he says. “During our work of displacement, we sent over 8 million messages with no disruption.”