October 30, 2012
by kimberlyeaton
If you are registered to vote and reside in: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, or Wyoming You can vote NOW! Away on Election Day or want to beat the lines? Go to www.longdistancevoter.org to find your regional elections office or County Clerk’s office!

If you are registered to vote and reside in:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, or Wyoming

You can vote NOW! Away on Election Day or want to beat the lines? Go to www.longdistancevoter.org to find your regional elections office or County Clerk’s office!

Every vote counts!

August 20, 2012
by brettbynane

It’s Monday, so you know what that means… Time to update our tiers over at countmore.org

How countmore.org works is we divide the states into four tiers based off of fivethirtyeight.com’s polling data, and those tiers are how our algorithm decides in which state your vote counts more. If you haven’t sat down and played around with the different scenarios yet, you should totally do so. So geeky, yet so fun. 

The states that have jumped tiers this week based off of their changing polling data include Colorado, Missouri and Michigan. Colorado and Missouri each jumped up a tier this week, as their polling data suggests they are becoming more competitive. Michigan jumped down a tier, as their polling data suggests they are starting to favor one candidate versus another. However, nothing is a sure victory yet!

What’s great about countmore.org and seeing our data and tiers change is knowing that this is a result of our democracy at work. Regardless of your political views, you have to admit - it’s going to be a close election this November. And it means people are engaged. And it also means that your vote - everyone’s vote - matters and is more important than ever, and can definitely make a difference. How awesome is that?!!

The election to revise your state forms for!

July 31, 2012
by carlsnodgrass

Is it just us, or is every state and their dog updating all their laws and revising all their forms just before an epic presidential election?  (Hint: it’s not just us.)  This really seems like a bad idea.

One of the difficulties we face is making sure our forms are up-to-date.  We make it harder for ourselves by hosting the forms on our site instead of linking to the state pages, but, let’s face it, states change their site urls like once a day and never remember to redirect the paths (if you don’t believe me, I can print you a copy of one of our weekly broken link checks).

We just finished our second form sweep of the year and I’ve never seen so many outdated forms.  We found 11 states (namely, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, Virgina, Washington, and Wyoming) that have either a voter registration application or absentee ballot application with a revised date in either June or July of this year. 

I mean, seriously.  They really needed to wait until this close to the election to update those forms?  And not to pick on anyone, but Kansas updated a form that wasn’t even 3 months old. And Colorado, Kansas, Indiana, and New Jersey all decided now would be a good time to not update just one form, but completely clean house.

Here’s an idea: why not wait until after a huge national election to make minor changes to forms that could result in people’s applications being rejected?  It’s just good manners.