Long Distance Voter

Rating: 5 stars   40 reviews

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Location: San Francisco CA 94117 USA

Mission: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

A lot of people work on voter registration and civic engagement efforts, but I haven't found a more cost effective organization than Long Distance Voter. They've also done stellar research on the voting process in each state, which isn't as straightforward as one might think!

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Rating: 5 stars  

At a time when voting rights are being eroded in the United States by well-funded right-wing extremists, LDV's non-partisan mission to making voting easier is more important than ever. LDV's volunteer staff are smart, highly skilled tech professionals with a passion for voter access -- a killer combination.

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