About

Why we Vote Washington

Based on the leadership principles of George Washington, we provide citizens, voters, and elected officials with the information, insights, and tools that amplify democracy in the modern age.

Our History

Wise Voter was founded by Ben Kaplan in the aftermath of three seismic events in the year 2020:  The global pandemic, the economic shutdown, and widespread political unrest due to socio-cultural movements like #blacklivesmatter.

As a student of George Washington’s leadership principles, Kaplan wondered whether Washington’s model of healthy debate, elevation of the greater good, and citizen empowerment could help solve some of the most difficult challenges of modern times.

Kaplan drew upon his background as a syndicated columnist, author, TV pundit, digital content publisher, and founder of a global marketing agency to create the Wise Voter organization and digital platform.

Our Mission

Explain key issues

We believe that to make the best decisions voters should dive deeper to understand both sides of an issue.

Engage new voters

We want to bring new voters of every age, background, and ethnicity into the political process.

Elevate our leaders

We recognize that local elected officials need better tools and training to become more effective.

Engage the community

We know that real change starts at the local level with local events for families, schools, and communities.

Support the media

We understand that both traditional and nontraditional media play a critical role in an enlightened citizenry.