Counting Barack Obama and Taylor Swift among its high-profile fans, Vote.org is focused on increasing voter turnout and ensuring the protection of voter rights. Originally founded in 2008 as Long Distance Voter, the non-profit organization relaunched in 2016 as Vote.org.
Currently the largest 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan voting registration and get-out-the-vote technology platform in America, Vote.org has registered more than 4.5 million new voters, verified 10.5 million voters’ registration status, and has helped over 39 million website users by providing registration links and deadlines, polling location details, and other essential voting information for each state. Vote.org also leverages its research-backed get-out-the-vote program each year, targeting underserved voters in regularly-scheduled as well as special elections.
The chances of someone getting a staff position there are slim—with less than twenty fulltime members, the organization can be exceedingly selective, nor do positions open up regularly. But the group had a record fundraising year in 2020, pulling in about $18 million in donations, and Vote.org always needs passionate and dedicated volunteers to carry its message to the voting public.
Called “one of the country’s most important civic engagement groups,” in March 2018, Vote.org started the campaign (now branded as electionday.org) pushing companies to allow their employees time off to vote on Election Day—and as of 2020, over 1,000 companies had signed on. In early 2021, Vote.org’s rallying efforts were helpful in securing the passage of the For the People Act, a reform package that will expand and protect voting rights, end partisan and racial gerrymandering, reform campaign finance and restore government transparency and accountability. If you believe in the democratic voting process, then volunteer: Vote.org has positions; and it is a fantastic way to get hands-on experience with grassroots politics.
4096 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611-5221
Phone: (917) 882-0405
CEO: Andrea Hailey