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A San Francisco startup is getting political with technology.

“Our fundamental belief is that the political system is broken. It’s not working for people anymore. We see incredible high levels of cynicism, apathy, low participation rates and a general sense that government can’t solve the biggest problems that we face.”

Matt Mahan is CEO of Brigade. A company set to launch sometime this year that will provide voters with the platform they need to get involved. And it’s an idea that can’t come fast enough for politicians. Only 25% of registered voters cast ballots in the June third primary election. Mahan says that’s a sign that voter apathy is at an all-time high.

“There isn’t a very robust civic dialogue going on, people don’t know who the candidates are, what the issues are, how their decisions are affecting them.”

So far the company is not going into specifics about how it will work. It has only said it wants to create a place people can visit every day, and not just the weeks leading up to an election.