Long Distance Voter
Rating: 5 stars 40 reviews
Issues: Civil Rights
Location: San Francisco CA 94117 USA
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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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 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.
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.
Having worked in Democratic races, I know how hard it is to 1) get Democratic voters to vote and 2) get Democrats registered. Democrats have fought long and hard to make sure that the people's voices gets heard and have tried many ways in attacking this issue.
When fighting a fight like this, Democrats get stuck in their ways and forget to be innovative yet stick to the basics. Long Distance Voter serves an integral role in increasing voter awareness and is an incredibly useful and simple tool.
I've been doing organizing work for years, and quite a bit with young people and college campuses. LDV has been a fantastic resource this cycle, providing all the information students need, and helping them understand the regulations around voting by mail as well as voter ID laws, which are, sadly, new in many states and on the rise. For many, once they learn about VBM it becomes their preferred way of voting (especially if they feel like their vote counts more at home). Its well researched and well designed.