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VOTE411.org

Website:

www.vote411.org/

Location:

Washington, DC

Type:

Get-out-the-vote (GOTV) Organization

Formation:

2006

Project Coordinator:

Whitney Oxendahl

Project of:

League of Women Voters Education Fund

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VOTE411.org is a get-out-the-vote project of the left-of-center League of Women Voters Education Fund. 1

First launched by the League of Women Voters in 2006, VOTE411.org is active nationally and at the state-level in Colorado, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Texas. 2 The organization has engaged with tens of millions of voters since its launch and provides information regarding ballot access, early voting options, voter identification requirements, polling locations, and voter registration deadlines. 3

History and Leadership

As of June 2022, Whitney Oxendahl is the Vote411.org project coordinator for the left-of-center League of Women Voters. 4 Meghan Brown is the senior manager of the VOTE411.org project. Previously, she worked at the left-of-center environmentalist groups Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife. 5

Activities and Funding

VOTE411.org provides personalized voting information to those who register with the site, including information regarding ballot initiatives, voter registration status, polling place location, and information regarding upcoming debates. 6 The organization provides Election Day voting assistance in multiple foreign languages, produces voter guides and voting information in each state in which it has operations, 7 and makes voting plans for voters. 8 VOTE411.org also provides information for first-time voters. 9

VOTE411.org has state-level leadership, coordinators, 10 and sponsors in Colorado, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Texas. 11 The organization attempts to form a “one-stop-shop” for election information, including state-specific information in the states in which it operates. VOTE411.org provides information to voters on the following topics: absentee ballot information; ballot measure information; early voting options; election dates; data on candidates in federal, state, and local races; general information on how to watch debates; voter identification requirements; polling place locations; registration deadlines; voter qualifications; voter registration forms and services; and information regarding voting machines. The League of Women Voters considers the polling place locator to be one of VOTE411.org’s most important services, as it sees increased use prior to elections. 12

The organization also encourages its supporters to sign up to be poll workers. As of June 2024, VOTE411.org supports voters in using absentee, early, and mail voting options. The organization also recommends that voters wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, stay six feet away from others, and bring a pen with them if voting early. 13

VOTE411.org’s partners include the U.S. Vote Foundation and the NALEO Educational Fund. Its national sponsors include the Association of Flight Attendants, Girls Inc., the American Library Association, the Women’s Equity Center and Action Network, the Target Corporation, and Macy’s. The organization has state-level sponsors in Colorado, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Texas. 14

Funding

Vote411.org is a project of the League of Women Voters Education Fund and receives donations through the Fund. 15

References

  1. “Donate.” Vote411. League of Women Voters. Accessed June 7, 2024. https://www.lwv.org/VOTE411give.
  2. “Sponsors.” Vote 411. Accessed June 7, 2024. https://www.vote411.org/sponsors.
  3. “About Us.” Vote 411. Accessed June 7, 2024. https://www.vote411.org/about.
  4. “Whitney Oxendahl.” League of Women Voters. Accessed June 7, 2024. https://www.lwv.org/about-us/staff-leadership/whitney-oxendahl.
  5.  “Meghan Brown.” League of Women Voters. Accessed June 7, 2024. https://www.lwv.org/about-us/staff-leadership/megan-brown.
  6. “Home.” Vote411.org. Accessed June 7, 2024. https://www.vote411.org/.
  7. “Home.” Vote411.org. Accessed June 7, 2024. https://www.vote411.org/.
  8. “Make a Voting Plan.” Vote 411. Accessed June 7, 2024. https://www.vote411.org/make-your-plan.
  9. “Voting Rules Vary by State.” Vote 411. Accessed June 9, 2024. https://www.vote411.org/select-state.
  10. “State Office Staff.” League of Women Voters of Minnesota. Accessed June 9, 2024. https://www.lwvmn.org/state-office-staff.
  11. “Sponsors.” Vote 411. Accessed June 7, 2024. https://www.vote411.org/sponsors.
  12. “About Us.” Vote 411. Accessed June 7, 2024. https://www.vote411.org/about.
  13. “Healthy Voter Checklist.” Accessed June 7, 2024. https://www.vote411.org/healthy-voting.
  14. “Sponsors.” Vote 411. Accessed June 7, 2024. https://www.vote411.org/sponsors.
  15. “Donate.” Vote 411. League of Women Voters. Accessed June 7, 0224. https://www.lwv.org/VOTE411give.
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