Vote.org is a nonpartisan nonprofit digital voting organization (formerly Long Distance Voter). Americans are eager to adopt digital voting solutions. Vote.org has built and will continue to iterate the digital technology that removes barriers to voting and increases voter turnout.
- Technology: Reach millions of voters nationwide by easy-to-use technology that helps Americans register to vote, check their registration status, and get their absentee ballots.
- Education: Provide a national, nonpartisan, comprehensive website of easy-to-use voter information. We expect at least 3 million visitors to the Vote.org website.
- Innovation: Apply established technologies in innovative ways to radically increase voter turnout, starting with our “e-sign” project. We won a 2015 Knight News Challenge grant to build e-sign technology that allows citizens to complete, sign, and mail their vote-by-mail applications directly from their smartphones. We will build a similar tool for voter registration.
- 2008: Launched Long Distance Voter (LDV – www.longdistancevoter.org) as a one-stop-shop for absentee ballot information. LDV had $5000, a volunteer team of 10 people, and 500,000 visitors within six months of operation.
- 2012: 129 million Americans voted in the Presidential Election. 2 million of them visited www.longdistancevoter.org first.
- 2014: Long Distance Voter was the official data provider for Google’s “How to Vote” project. This project was viewed 30+ million times.
- 2015: Long Distance Voter designed a tool that allows citizens to complete, sign, and mail their vote-by-mail applications directly from their smartphones, earning us a Knight News Challenge award.
- 2016: Long Distance Voter builds new and improved digital tools for voters and rebrands the organization (and domain name) as Vote.org.
- April 1, 2016: Vote.org goes live! This was our actual launch date — not an April Fool’s joke.
Facts + Figures
Long Distance Voter launched in April 2008. As of June 2016, Long Distance Voter and Vote.org have:
- Registered 260,000 new voters
- Processed 800,000 absentee ballot requests
- Helped 600,000 people check their registration status
- Received 5.6 million unique site visitors