Vote.org uses technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy.
Facts + Figures
Long Distance Voter launched in April 2008, and relaunched as Vote.org in April 2016. As of August 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 6.2 million unique site visitors
- 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.www.vote.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.www.vote.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.