BallotReady is an online election-education resource that aggregates information from candidates’ websites, social media profiles, and news media outlets. It was launched as a project of the Social New Venture Challenge, a competition for graduate students at the University of Chicago. As of 2016, BallotReady was operational in a dozen states and offered information on its website regarding over 15,000 candidates.  
In 2015, Aviva Rosman, a graduate student in Chicago, ran for a seat in a local school council. While trying to gain support for her bid, she contacted a friend, Alex Niemczewski, who did not realize that an election was taking place. Thereafter, both developed an idea for an online tool which could give voters easy access to information on races that typically do not receive much public attention.  
During that year, they pitched their idea to the Social New Venture Challenge, a competition organized by the University of Chicago’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation in partnership with the university’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The contest winners receive $100,000 to fund their projects and are required to enroll in an associated course. The proposal from Rosman and Niemczewski won the prize and the project was operational in time for the 2015 Chicago mayoral race, though its educational offerings consisted of only paper flyers. By 2016, BallotReady was operational in a dozen states and offered information on its website regarding over 15,000 candidates, aggregated from social media, candidates’ official campaign websites, and news media.  
Initial supporters of BallotReady, aside from the University of Chicago, included the National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency, and the Knight Foundation, a left-leaning private foundation that funds media-related projects. 
As of 2018, BallotReady offers a tool to its users called ‘Make a Plan,’ which provides information on the location of polling places and allows users to set up a date and time at which the tool will automatically send them text reminders to vote. 
In August 2020, the social media platform Snapchat announced it would develop new tools to allow its users to register to vote, including a partnership with BallotReady that would provide Snapchat users with comprehensive sample ballots and information on voting options such as early voting and vote-by-mail. Additionally, Snapchat announced a partnership with TurboVote, a project of Democracy Works, a non-profit that promotes the use of technology to increase voter engagement largely funded by left-of-center private foundations. 
Before founding BallotReady, Alex Niemczewski taught coding at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and The Starter League, a coding bootcamp based in Chicago, Illinois.