Vote.org

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Vote.org, formerly Long Distance Voter, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in January 2008 in the United States by a group of professional investigators and voter advocates that initially sought to provide greater access to absentee voting information online.[1][2] Long Distance Voter was volunteer-led, but Vote.org employs full time staff. Vote.org provides online voter guides for every state, which include voter registration forms, and absentee ballot applications, as well as information on deadlines, directions, and ID and residency requirements.[3]

Long Distance Voter relaunched in April 2016 as Vote.org with funding from Y Combinator.[4][2][5][6]

In March 2018, Vote.org started a campaign to have companies allow their employees time off on Election Day 2018 in order to vote.[4][7]

During the summer of 2019, Andrea Hailey joined the organization as CEO.[8] Hailey has expanded Vote.org programs[9] at times registering over 211,000 voters over a single week[10] strengthened many of its existing partnerships with organizations like USA Today,[11] Vote Save America,[12] and The Andrew Goodman Foundation,[13] and has secured new partnerships with organizations like the NAACP Youth and College Division,[14] the Transformative Justice Coalition,[15] the Black Church Action Fund,[16] GLSEN[17] and wikiHow.[18]

In June 2020, Vote.org filed suit against Maine, in partnership with two citizens and the Alliance for Retired Americans, citing its inaccessible and out-of-date voting system. The organization claimed that the state was doing more to deter people from voting than encourage them. Some of the most prominent issues that Vote.org flagged in Maine’s voting system were few voter registration options, a lack of prepaid postage, ballot collection hurdles, an Election Day receipt deadline, and rejection of absentee ballots that had technical defects — to name a few.[1]


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  1. ^ "Long Distance Voter Goes the Distance". Teen Vogue. 2008-10-24. Archived from the original on 2018-05-11. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  2. ^ a b Vetter, Moira (2016-05-13). "What Can Non-Profit Startup Vote.org Do With Y Combinator Seed Funding In 178 Days?". Forbes.com. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  3. ^ Thorpe, JR (2017-03-07). "Debra Cleaver, Founder Of Vote.org, Is Making Women's History Now". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  4. ^ a b Steinmetz, Katy (2018-03-12). "Should Employers Give You Election Day Off? These Companies Think So". Time. Archived from the original on 2018-05-11. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  5. ^ "Vote.org is a non-profit that wants to get the U.S. to 100% voter turnout". Y Combinator. 2016-05-17. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  6. ^ Fitts, Alexis Sobel (2016-11-06). "This Y Combinator-backed company wants to redesign the voting process for the digital age". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  7. ^ von Bernuth, Lauren (2018-05-08). "Companies are Signing Up to 'Party Down For Democracy' & Make Election Day a Holiday". Citizen Truth. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  8. ^ Schleifer, Theodore (2020-04-28). "One of America's key voting rights groups plunged into chaos when it was needed most". Vox. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  9. ^ Janfaza, Rachel. "From drag shows to town halls, coronavirus leads to alternative pushes for youth voter registration". CNN. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  10. ^ "Voter registration is soaring amid nationwide protests. But it's unclear what that will mean in November". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2020-06-14.,
  11. ^ "Register to Vote in 2020 Elections | USA TODAY". www.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  12. ^ "Make Sure You're Registered". Vote Save America. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  13. ^ "Voter Registration Tool". Andrew Goodman Foundation. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  14. ^ "Vote.org Partners With The NAACP To Fight Voter Suppression In The Era Of COVID-19". BET.com. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  15. ^ "Vote.org Announces Partnership with NAACP Youth and College Division, Transformative Justice Coalition, Legal Defense Fund, and Indigenous Communities". finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  16. ^ Turner, Mariel (2020-05-29). "Black Church PAC, Vote.org launch digital vote-by-mail campaign for Black faith voters". TheGrio. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  17. ^ "Break the Silence: Your Vote, Your Voice – Voter Registration Campaign". GLSEN. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  18. ^ "How to Vote in a Primary Election". wikiHow. Retrieved 2020-06-13.

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