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National Vote at Home Institute

Website:

www.voteathome.org/

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

82-5515680

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Vote At Home, a trade name for the National Vote at Home Institute and its affiliated National Vote at Home Coalition, is an advocacy organization that pushes for a nationwide vote-by-mail electoral system. [1] The National Vote at Home Institute is the 501(c)(3) educational arm of Vote At Home; the National Vote At Home Coalition it the lobbying arm. The National Vote at Home Institute works to promote the benefits of a vote-from-home system[2] and the National Vote at Home Coalition works to lobby on behalf of a mail-balloting system through the regulatory and legislative processes. [3]

In its 2019 annual report, Vote at Home outlined its 2020 plans which included “flooding the zone” efforts in key states to expand the use and acceptance of vote-from-home policies. [4] While its claims that vote-by-mail policies are non-partisan,[5] Vote at Home is a partner of a number of progressive and left-of-center organizations, including Democracy Fund, Common Cause, Nonprofit VOTE, and Rock the Vote. [6] It is also a partner of Unite America. [7]

Leadership

Amber McReynolds is the chief executive officer of both the National Vote At Home Institute and the National Vote At Home Coalition. [8] McReynolds previously served as the Director of Elections for Denver, Colorado where she helped write legislation that created same-day election registration and a statewide vote-by-mail system. [9] McReynolds serves on the board of RepresentWomen, a left-leaning organization that advocates for increased female representation in elected office. [10]

Philip Keisling serves as chair and director of both the Vote At Home Institute[11] and the National Vote At Home Coalition. [12] Keisling, a Democrat, previously served as Oregon Secretary of State and in the Oregon House of Representatives. [13] During his time as Secretary of State, Keisling oversaw state elections and helped to usher in the first vote-by-mail system in the United States. [14] In addition to supporting vote-from-home,[15]Keisling also supports ranked-choice voting and state-run, taxpayer funded primary elections. [16]

Stephen Silberstien, a member of the liberal mega-donor group Democracy Alliance, sits on the board of Vote at Home. [17] Silberstein was a top-20 donor to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s super PAC, Priorities USA Action,[18] and also sits on the board of National Popular Vote, a group which aims to implement a national plurality-at-large election of the President of the United States. [19]

Policy Positions

Vote at Home claims that a vote-from-home electoral system is more secure than traditional elections because it reduces the chance of voter fraud. The organization also argues that voting by mail costs less than traditional elections and that it results in higher voter turnout. [20]

In March 2020 during an outbreak of pandemic novel coronavirus and COVID-19 disease, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a bill which would provide $500 million in federal funding to help states set up emergency vote-by-mail systems. Discussing this legislation and how the crisis may negatively impact the 2020 election, Vote At Home president and CEO Amber McReynolds said that a shift to vote-by-mail before the November general election would require state officials to expand their role in handling ballots but that “The logistics involved in that…would crush local elections offices.” [21] On the same topic, McReynolds has also said that states considering moving to a vote-by-mail system should streamline the process by receiving ballots at a central location and by providing drop boxes to voters with accessibility issues. [22]

Resources

Vote At Home supplies a number of resources on vote-from-home polices, including a state-by-state guide for applying for a mailed-out ballot,[23] a 2020 presidential election primary app, [24] as well as a reference library. [25]

References

  1. “About Us.” Vote At Home. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.voteathome.org/about/ ^
  2. Internal Revenue Service. Form 990, National Vote At Home Institute. 2018. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2018/825/515/2018-825515680-10f6dc6b-9.pdf ^
  3. Internal Revenue Service. Form 990, National Vote At Home Coalition. 2018. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2018/822/944/2018-822944257-1137577e-9O.pdf ^
  4. “2019 Annual Report.” Vote At Home. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.voteathome.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/VAH-Annual-report-2019-v-1.0.pdf ^
  5. “Winter 2019/Winter 2020.” Vote At Home. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.voteathome.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/VAH-intro-flyer.pdf

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  6. “About Us.” Vote At Home. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.voteathome.org/about/ ^
  7. “Vote By Mail.” Unite America. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.uniteamerica.org/strategy/vote-by-mail ^
  8. “About Us.” Vote At Home. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.voteathome.org/about/ ^
  9. Fouriezos, Nick. “An Emerging Republican Champion for Voter Access.” Ozy. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.ozy.com/the-new-and-the-next/despite-getting-voted-out-this-colorado-republican-is-a-hope-for-voting-rights/94126/ ^
  10. “Board: Amber McReynolds.” RepresentWomen. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.representwomen.org/amber_mcreynolds ^
  11. Internal Revenue Service. Form 990, National Vote At Home Institute. 2018. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2018/825/515/2018-825515680-10f6dc6b-9.pdf ^
  12. Internal Revenue Service. Form 990, National Vote At Home Coalition. 2018. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2018/822/944/2018-822944257-1137577e-9O.pdf ^
  13. “Phil Keisling.” Portland State University Hatfiled School of Government. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.pdx.edu/cps/phil-keisling ^
  14. Jaquiss, Nigel. The New York Times Highlights Phil Keisling’s Work to Strengthen Democracy, Now Copied By Other States.” Williamette Week. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.wweek.com/news/2019/12/24/the-new-york-times-highlights-phil-keislings-work-to-strengthen-democracy-now-copied-by-other-states/ ^
  15. Keisling, Phil. “Vote from Home, Save Your Country.” Washington Monthly. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/janfeb-2016/vote-from-home-save-your-country/ ^
  16. Keisling, Phil. “3 Keys to a Far Better Way of Choosing Presidential Nominees.” Governing Magazine. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.governing.com/columns/smart-mgmt/col-presidential-primaries-caucuses-vote-by-mail-ranked-choice-voting.html ^
  17. “About Us.” Vote At Home. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.voteathome.org/about/ ^
  18. Iacob, Ivona. “The Top Donors Backing Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC.” Forbes. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.forbes.com/sites/ivonaiacob/2016/05/27/top-donors-hillary-clinton-superpac/#75295a8c4105 ^
  19. “Our Partners.” Unite America. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.uniteamerica.org/partners ^
  20. “About Us.” Vote At Home. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.voteathome.org/about/ ^
  21. Timberg, Craig. “Voting by mail, already on the rise, may get a $500 million federal boost from coronavirus fears.” The Washington Post. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/03/10/mail-voting-coronavirus-bill/ ^
  22. Opilo, Emily. “Maryland officials considering preparations for election by mail in response to coronavirus outbreak.” The Baltimore Sun. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.baltimoresun.com/coronavirus/bs-md-pol-ga-coronavirus-maryland-election-vote-mail-20200311-b54b3nqqvfgwthic4vbrtcr4c4-story.html

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  23. “Applying for a Mailed-out Ballot, A State-by-State Guide.” Vote At Home. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.voteathome.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/NVAHI-Guide-to-When_How-to-Apply-2020.pdf ^
  24. “2020 Presidential Primary Election Guide to Mail-Ballot Voting.” Democracy Labs. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://ci8np.glideapp.io/ ^
  25. “Reference Library.” Vote At Home. Accessed March 15, 2020. https://www.voteathome.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/NVAHI-Reference-Library.pdf

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