Vote Gain Calculator

AFL-CIO Community Affliliate / Working America / 2019 / Politics & Government

Working America's Vote Gain Calculator Tool


The team at Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, came to Graphicacy as they faced the need to quickly pivot their entire political organizing model.

Background and Challenge

The COVID pandemic caused the team at Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO to have to rethink their Vote Gain Calculator application, which would now target 23 million battleground state voters with a hybrid in-person and digital organizing model.

Working America’s new Vote Gain Calculator is an emblematic example of Graphicacy’s partners with leading organizations to rapidly adapt to a global threat. Since the pandemic began, Graphicacy has helped a host of clients with their critical digital transformations in light of the challenges that COVID-19 poses to politics, the economy, and the world at large. Organizations need to adjust swiftly to today’s ever-changing landscape, and Graphicacy is here to guide our clients on that journey.

Opportunity and Solution

Graphicacy’s team of skilled information designers and data visualization engineers worked to intuitively communicate the impact of this new hybrid organizing model, utilizing a combination of scrolling animations, interactive data visualization and live polling data from FiveThirtyEight. The final product allows users to explore and understand how Working America’s work in key battleground states will increase the share of the progressive vote, and propel Joe Biden and progressive Senate and gubernatorial candidates to victory in the 2020 election.

Through an engaging, scrolling narrative, our team was able to lay out key points so that donors could quickly understand where Working America is having an impact in key battleground states:

To show the impact within each state, our team designed and built two different interactive views of how, with full investment, Working America’s campaign tactics have the potential to increase vote share and the number of votes.

Using polling data from FiveThirtyEight, our team also designed and built a horse-race view of the data, allowing users who are steeped in polling for the presidential race to see live data and the potential impact that Working America’s program, digital and in-person, will have on the outcome of the election.

A screen from the tool Vote Gain Calculator, built by Graphicacy for Working America

This project allowed the Graphicacy team to engage in what they do best: dig in with their client partners to examine complex data and then create data visualizations and visual narratives that are relevant, shareable and effective.

"The powerhouse Graphicacy team brings creativity, problem-solving smarts, and patience to every meeting and project. They helped us pivot to a whole new approach when the pandemic rendered our first data viz irrelevant and brought great ideas and energy to the project."

Matt Morrison, Executive Director, Working America

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