October 15, 2014
by kimberlyeaton
Portal partners, ASSEMBLEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Long Distance Voter is so pleased to formally promote our PARTNER PORTAL tool. If you have a website and are as enthusiastic about the vote-by-mail movement as we are, you can help provide FREE easy access to absentee ballots for your visitors!
Sign up on our site is a snap and will automatically provide the embed code for you. Stop on by! The amazing people at HeadCount.org already have, and you can check out how snazzy the portal looks here!

Portal partners, ASSEMBLEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Long Distance Voter is so pleased to formally promote our PARTNER PORTAL tool. If you have a website and are as enthusiastic about the vote-by-mail movement as we are, you can help provide FREE easy access to absentee ballots for your visitors!

Sign up on our site is a snap and will automatically provide the embed code for you. Stop on by! The amazing people at HeadCount.org already have, and you can check out how snazzy the portal looks here!

October 10, 2014
by carlsnodgrass
Hey Rhode Island voters, don’t wait to apply for your absentee ballot! The deadline is next Tuesday (Oct. 14).

Hey Rhode Island voters, don’t wait to apply for your absentee ballot! The deadline is next Tuesday (Oct. 14).

Wisconsin and Texas get a lot more vote-y

October 10, 2014
by carlsnodgrass

Big news for both Texas and Wisconsin voters who don’t have access to special forms of ID this election.

The Supreme Court just ruled Wisconsin’s (super last-minute, super disenfranchisey) voter ID law implementation unconstitutional. So there’s no special voter ID required to vote in Wisconsin again.

Even more surprising, a judge for the Southern District of Texas threw out Texas’s strict photo ID law, calling it “an unconstitutional poll tax.” So now there’s no special voter ID required to vote in Texas.

October 6, 2014
by carlsnodgrass
The deadline to register to vote in Illinois and New Mexico is Tuesday, and Missouri’s is Wednesday.
Don’t miss out. Complete our voter registration form, and then print, sign, and mail it in today! http://www.longdistancevoter.org/register-to-vote

The deadline to register to vote in Illinois and New Mexico is Tuesday, and Missouri’s is Wednesday.

Don’t miss out. Complete our voter registration form, and then print, sign, and mail it in today! http://www.longdistancevoter.org/register-to-vote

October 3, 2014
by carlsnodgrass
Monday is the deadline to register to vote in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Kentucky, Ohio, Louisiana, Washington State, and DC.
Don’t miss out! Complete our voter registration form, and then print, sign, and mail it in today: http://www.longdistancevoter.org/register-to-vote

Monday is the deadline to register to vote in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Kentucky, Ohio, Louisiana, Washington State, and DC.

Don’t miss out! Complete our voter registration form, and then print, sign, and mail it in today: http://www.longdistancevoter.org/register-to-vote

October 2, 2014
by carlsnodgrass
Still need to register to vote? Now’s the time!
Mail in your registration TOMORROW if you live in Alaska, Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah (by-mail, Utahans can still register in person until Monday, October 27, 2014).
Don’t miss out! Visit Long Distance Voter and mail your voter registration application.

Still need to register to vote? Now’s the time!

Mail in your registration TOMORROW if you live in Alaska, Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah (by-mail, Utahans can still register in person until Monday, October 27, 2014).

Don’t miss out! Visit Long Distance Voter and mail your voter registration application.

October 11, 2013
by carlsnodgrass

Jesse’s future may be uncertain, but even he knows the importance of registering to vote. 
Deadlines are approaching, so do it today!
Yeah! Democracy, bitch!

Jesse’s future may be uncertain, but even he knows the importance of registering to vote

Deadlines are approaching, so do it today!

Yeah! Democracy, bitch!

February 12, 2013
by fischdance
January 18, 2013
by kimberlyeaton

MARYLAND VOTERS!  Your governor, Martin O’Malley, is pushing for legislation that will allow voters to register the same day they cast their ballot!  Note: This will not apply to an election day registration, only early voting.

November 2, 2012
by debracleaver
We’ve raised $4500 of our $5000 goal AND we’ve reached over a million voters in the past 31 days. If you think voting is awesome, and you think non-partisan, non-profit resources like Long Distance Voter are valuable, please consider contributing today.
http://www.razoo.com/story/3000-For-Another-300000

We’ve raised $4500 of our $5000 goal AND we’ve reached over a million voters in the past 31 days. If you think voting is awesome, and you think non-partisan, non-profit resources like Long Distance Voter are valuable, please consider contributing today.

http://www.razoo.com/story/3000-For-Another-300000

October 7, 2012
by carlsnodgrass

A fairly depressing article on the way absentee voting is still not as easy, or reliable, as regular voting.

I have to say, as a native Oregonian who’s also voted in-person in NY and PA, and by absentee ballot in NY, OR’s all-by-mail voting system has is going on.  Figure it out, Rest of the Nation!

What the absentee voting?! Minnesota Edition

August 28, 2012
by carlsnodgrass

We’ve been at this long enough that it takes truly mind-bendingly bizarro election laws to raise our eyebrows.  Sometimes we find such laws in unlikely places…like Minnesota.  Minnesota has consistently high voter turnout. And Minnesota’s rules for registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot (you need an excuse to vote absentee, but the list is broad and lax) are pretty low-key. 

But the rules for returning your voted absentee ballot?  Chaos.  You have four options for returning your ballot.  The official wording is:

Returning your absentee ballot
Once you have received your absentee ballot, follow the enclosed instructions carefully and return your ballot as soon as possible. It must be received by the local election official who sent it to you by Election Day, or it will not be counted. There are four ways you can return your absentee ballot:

  1. Mail back your ballot in the pre-paid envelope provided by your local election official.
  2. Up until 5 p.m. on the day before the election, you may deliver your ballot in person to your local election official.
  3. You may also have someone else return your completed ballot, sealed in its envelope, to your local election official until 3 p.m. on Election Day. Persons delivering ballots may not do so for more than three voters.
  4. If you are worried about your ballot not arriving on time using First Class mail, you may choose to pay for package delivery service to return your ballot. Ballots must be received by your local election official on 3 p.m. on Election Day.

Let’s discuss. 

Option 1 is probably the most common way to do it.  It’s probably the way you should do it if you can.  (It appears that “received by election day” applies to this option; if so, great!) 

But then MN gets weird.  They give you three other options that are increasingly absurd. 

Option 2 states that if you for some reason wish to personally hand-deliver your own ballot, you have to do that the day before the election.  Why?  I guess there is an important difference between your hand and the post office when it comes to delivering mail.

But then option 3 makes option 2 sound eminently reasonable by adding that if someone who is not you wants to deliver your ballot, instead of you, then that person has an extra day — they can hand it in on election day.  But only until 3pm.  Why?  Why does someone who is not you get more time to deliver your ballot than someone who is you?  And why the seemingly arbitrary cutoff of 3pm instead of, say, when the polls close?  Because Kafka says so.  That’s why.

Finally, option 4 takes option 3 and adds a mysterious, fee-for-service third party that will deliver your ballot for you.  This third party also only has until 3pm on election day, and you seemingly have no control over whether they make that deadline or not.  Totally.  Where do I sign up?!

So the question is: why?  And also, who?  Who came up with this stuff?  Also, option 4 makes it seem as though your ballot must be received by 3pm on election day, regardless of how it is delivered (except if you hand-deliver it, then you have to do it by 5pm the day before).  Sooooo…if you mail it, the post office has to deliver it by 3pm??  Really? 

You know what?  I’m going to ask MN right now.

August 21, 2012
by carlsnodgrass

Great article.  We’re glad to be a part of it!

August 21, 2012
by countmore
Feel good.  Vote.
Get registered and get your absentee ballot at http://www.longdistancevoter.org/. College students, check out http://www.countmore.org/

Feel good.  Vote.

Get registered and get your absentee ballot at http://www.longdistancevoter.org/. College students, check out http://www.countmore.org/

August 14, 2012
by carlsnodgrass

iamateenagefeminist:

Yesterday I tried voting with my university ID and was turned away and told I needed a drivers license. Luckily, I had my license on me and was able to vote, but I should not have been turned away to vote.

You do not need a drivers license or Michigan ID card to vote. Any photo ID allows you to vote in the state of Michigan, and if you do not have a photo ID you may sign a waiver confirming your identity and vote. 

YOU DO NOT NEED A PHOTO ID TO VOTE

IF YOU ARE TURNED AWAY AT THE POLLS CALL 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Did a quick fact-check to make sure, and iamateenagefeminist is 100% right.  An important reminder that lines can get crossed and information can get muddled even among elections officials. 

Don’t let yourself get turned away at the polls.  Make sure you’re registered and complying with your state’s voter ID laws.  And, if you are, don’t let them turn you away.  I don’t know of a state that isn’t required to let you vote a provisional ballot at the very least.

(via iamayoungfeminist)