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Long Distance Voter

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Voter Education & Registration, Voting Rights

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.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Beth126

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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 .

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Angela113

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

JJ W.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

William55

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Long Distance Voter is one of the few groups innovating real, applicable solutions that connect people to critical voting information and help them overcome barriers to voting. That makes their work some of the most important civic engagement tech out there, hands down. They should win an award, but they're just getting this review instead.

Annie43

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Danielle66

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Long Distance Voter is the easiest way to get an absentee ballot ever. Period. Such a great tool to help people vote who can't easily make it to their polling place.

Raven B.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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!

Hillary7

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great idea. It couldn't be easier to use, either!

As a college student and then young professional that moved often, I found it could be difficult and confusing to check where I was registered to vote. The information is all over the place. Honestly, with today's busy lifestyle, making it to the polls in time to vote has be a challenge too.

Long Distance Voter makes it easy.

You can check your status and voter registration data on the books, register absentee, and be secure about your vote being counted in the next election.

It's plain and simple. Plus, with conservative attacks on people's ability to vote via Voter ID laws and SCOTUS striking down portions of the Civil Rights Movement landmark legislation, the Voting Rights Act, voting by mail is a way to combat racist voting laws at the polls, and make sure your vote is counted.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Carl Gavin Snodgrass

Board Member

Rating: 5

The most dedicated and complete-package absentee voting site on the web took it to the next level this year, getting some seriously awesome new tools for voters in need, like the absentee ballot application widget. And lots more to come! We are doing our darnedest to make voting as accessible and painless as possible.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Long Distance Voter is an amazing nonprofit nonpartisan voter resource, recognized nationally -- by both NGOs and government elections officials -- for its accurate and easy-to-understand information. It has helped millions of people register to vote and request an absentee ballot since 2008.

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Ed__17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LDV is a dedicated and awesome group providing a valuable service to the voting public. They work extremely hard to get the most accurate and transparent information regarding absentee voting available to voters. Considering the complexity of voting laws and variation between different states' absentee voting rules, their goal of making absentee voting easily accessible to all is a challenging and admirable one. Long Distance Voter delivers a much needed and greatly appreciated service in a quality fashion.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are too many countries in this world that make voting too difficult for its citizens. I admire the mission of Long Distance Voter, which has one missions: making sure every citizen is able to make their vote count.