Long Distance Voter
Rating: 5 stars 40 reviews
Issues: Civil Rights
Location: San Francisco CA 94117 USA
Long Distance Voter increases civic participation and removes impediments to voting by helping US citizens register and vote by mail.
Results: We've had over 3 million visitors since launching in 2008. We've had almost 1 million visitors in October 2012. In the past four years we've registered over 120,000 voters and we've helped another 530,000+ visitors get their absentee ballots. And we'd done this all without a single full time staff member.
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Long Distance Voter is guided by a simple premise: Voting is every American's right and each one of us should be able to excercise that right with ease. Through a combination of web expertise and volunteer elbow grease, Long Distance Voter is leading the way to making that simple idea a reality.
Long Distance Voter is great because it simplifies the voting process for people in every state even as states work to intentionally complicate it. I wish it had been around when I was in college, trying (and often failing) to vote in local elections in Texas from my dorm in CA., but now I can tell other people about it!
Long Distance Voter is a website that is a brilliant idea. It helps voters in many ways. I have used it to check on absentee rules for my state when I could not vote on Election Day, and when I moved to a new state, it helped me through the voter registration process. It is a great place to start when you have questions about absentee voting or registration.
I'm lucky to live in a state without ridiculous voter ID laws, but if you have questions about what you need with you to vote, LDV can help you with that, as well.
Anything that increases access to voting is tremendous. And LDV does it well .
Do you even know what voting entails? Most people don't. Voting seems so easy until you start to dig deeper into all the rules and guidelines states set up. States, cities, counties, municipalities; none of these government bodies agree on legislature or process. But guess what? None of that matters! Not anymore! Now Long Distance Voter makes it easy for you to vote regardless what crazy rules you need to follow. Long Distance Voter is an organization full of people passionate about voting who are working tirelessly to give you the help and voting support.
Long Distance Voter (LDV) is a scrappy, smart, and scalable solution to get out the vote and overcome numerous new local voting restrictions.
The team is small, but ruthlessly efficient when it comes to tracking down exactly how to register to vote and how to receive an absentee ballot. They've gotten into serious fights with secretaries of state that didn't want someone else publicizing information from the secretary of state's own voter registration forms. Their carefully curated data forms the basis for Google's own voter registration initiative through Google Search. I believe this year they will have signed-up between 40,000 - 60,000 voters.
They are non-partisan with the simple agenda of getting everyone to vote who has the right.
Long Distance Voter is best-in-class, getting the word out about a potent "secret weapon" in voter engagement - absentee voting/voting by mail. Voting by mail presents a golden opportunity to turn out traditionally underrepresented voters, and Long Distance Voter makes it easy, and presents solid general info about all the ins and outs of voting. Fantastic org.
There are few causes as near to my heart, few causes that inspire such a call to action in me as free and fair voting, today, tomorrow, forever. Long Distance Voter is a leader in this cause. Not only do they make it easy to vote absentee, they inform the world about voting in all its capacities.
LDV is by far the best in its bunch. On top of making sense of the notoriously convoluted system that is voting in America, today, it does so through a gorgeous and easy to navigate interface.
LDV is like the prettiest girl in school. Who doesn't need a lick of make up. And whose conversation skills are just as attractive.
I recommend LDV to everyone, even if their political views stand against mine, and thus, you know, the greater good of all mankind. At least they're voting. And at least they can do so with the greatest of ease.
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Do nothing. They're amazing.
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Long Distance Voter is such a powerful tool that answers any and every question about absentee voting. More and more Americans, especially in my home state of California (where it's 60+% and growing), are registering to vote by mail because it's easy and flexible. We need more people to participate in the democratic process - and many don't because politics is messy, complicated or they're just too busy.
That's why Long Distance Voter is so important. By giving people the information they need, they'll be more empowered to vote. And even though there are a number of organizations working on voter registration efforts, this is by far the best online portal I've seen. It's accessible, reliable and valuable.
We, as a nation, are at a particularly precarious crossroads regarding voting. Voter education, voter access, and voter participation are consistently being tested and obstructed by those who would prefer that eligible US voters not voice their opinions about their government at the polls. Long Distance Voter (LDV) has worked tirelessly for the better part of a decade to make sure that all eligible voters have intuitive tools at their disposal to quickly, easily, and effectively cast their votes. Early voting and voting-by-mail have gained distinct popularity over the past few years, in no small part to LDV's bold efforts. That renowned organizations like Google and Rock The Vote are both supporters of and partners with LDV just reiterates the amount of respect that LDV has rightfully earned in working hard to make active, year-round boosted voter interest a reality in the US.
Without question, Long Distance Voter is arguably the most comprehensive, thorough, and consistently up-to-date voter registration and absentee ballot request resource online. For having an entirely volunteer support staff, LDV maintains incredible accuracy, like that of "the big dogs", all the while keeping a very grassroots and highly interactive outreach with its visitors. Every donation it receives goes entirely to promoting voter education , with just a little bit saved for site maintenance. It truly lives up to the spirit of an effective non-profit.
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Long Distance Voter provides an exceptional service to voters, but also to the community of organizations working to increase voter turnout and stand up for voting rights. Their new product, which allows organizations to embed their absentee ballot ordering tool in any website, is timely and powerful. As a tech director at an organization that does civic engagement work with limited English proficiency communities and groups often racially profiled at polling places, offering this tool to our members and partners has been a boon in a time of increasing barriers to vote.