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Vote.org, formerly Long Distance Voter, is a nonpartisan 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. 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.
During the summer of 2019, Andrea Hailey joined the organization as CEO. Hailey has expanded Vote.org programs at times registering over 211,000 voters over a single week, strengthened many of its existing partnerships with organizations like USA Today, Vote Save America, and The Andrew Goodman Foundation, and has secured new partnerships with organizations like the NAACP Youth and College Division, the Transformative Justice Coalition, the Black Church Action Fund, GLSEN and wikiHow.
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against Maine, in partnership with two citizens and the Alliance for Retired Americans, citing its inaccessible and out-of-date voting system.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.
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