SPREAD THE VOTE

An ID Today is a Vote Tomorrow

Los Angeles, CA   |  spreadthevote.org

Mission

Spread The Vote aims to close the gap between registered voters and voter turnout by providing practical, non-partisan voter education and helping people obtain the IDs they need for voting, jobs, housing, health care, and, most importantly, identity.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Kat Calvin

Main address

8601 Lincoln Blvd Suite 180/569

Los Angeles, CA 90045 USA

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EIN

81-5308494

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Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ID Assistance

One of the most common barriers for disenfranchised voters is living in a state with restrictive voter ID laws. Over 21 million Americans lack the ID they need to live full lives. We help members of our communities obtain the IDs they need for jobs, housing, health care, and, most importantly, identity.

Since our 2017 inception, we’ve made two important discoveries. 1) Our clients have gained far more from their new IDs than the ability to vote. For many, it’s the key to a promised job, healthcare, housing and social services. 2) Those who already have ID in hand are often hesitant to head to the polls, not only because they don’t have a clear understanding of who, or what, they are voting for, but also because the processes involved with voting can be intimidating, especially for those who have never voted before.

Volunteers and staff members work directly with our clients to determine which supplementary documents are needed to procure an ID. Often, new or replacement birth certificates, social security cards and proofs of residency must be paid for. This presents a challenge for many in marginalized communities, not only due to cost restraints (the average cost is $40 per ID), but also because of a lack of a mailing address, difficulty obtaining out-of-state documents, and access to transportation are among the additional barriers that they face. Spread The Vote partners with individuals and maintains consistent communication and support until their ID is in-hand. We currently work in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Population(s) Served

Voter Registration information and (when applicable) assistance is offered to each of our clients. Understanding that voter registration does not equal voter turnout, we have also developed a series of evidence-based, nonpartisan voter and civic education materials that are shared, free-of-cost through Google Classroom with partner agencies throughout our service region. Each election cycle, non-partisan voter guides are distributed to voters and organizations across our service area.

Population(s) Served

Our organizations believe that all eligible voters should be able to exercise their right without impediments. Vote by Mail in Jail exemplifies our mission to provide voters with the tools needed to empower themselves.

Many incarcerated voters, including those awaiting trial who have not been convicted of a felony, do not realize that they are eligible to vote. Through the Vote by Mail from Jail Program, we educate eligible voters in county and city jails across the country and assist them with the registration and absentee ballot request processes.

Population(s) Served

Spread The Vote deploys volunteers on election day (and during early voting periods) delivering snacks, drinks and comfort items and whatever it takes to keep people in line to cast their vote. This is a non-partisan effort that takes place in major metropolitan areas across the US.

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We have three overarching goals we’d like to accomplish within the next 24 months:

1. Spread The Vote will facilitate the acquisition of a minimum of 6,000 IDs for individuals in
our current service.
2. Spread The Vote will expand to provide services to a total of 25 states.
3. Spread The Vote will develop 100 partnerships with local service providers.

We have obtained almost 7000 IDs in 4 years, a hard won number that we are very proud of. As we get back on the ground and as DMVs and Social Security offices open more throughout the year we will get back to, and above, our pre-COVID rate of obtaining IDs. Paired with our state expansion and partnership efforts, our anticipated outcome is that more people will turnout for the 2022 elections, including many who have never voted before.

Spread The Vote is currently operating chapters in Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, and has recently expanded to New York, with California, Illinois, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Massachusetts expansions expected in Q2. Chapters are managed by volunteer leadership and field staff, overseen by a Director of Volunteers and Chief Operating Officer. Each of our volunteers participates in a vigorous screening and training process to familiarize them with organizational goals and policies and the procedures for obtaining identification in their state.

As more and more of our staff and volunteers become fully vaccinated, we are slowly re-integrating in-person activities (taking reasonable precautions). In the upcoming months, we will continue to provide ID assistance, create election guides for local elections and advocate for more equitable ID laws.

Spread The Vote is managed by a national team and supported by state and regional field staff who assist with ground operations. As an organization, we have developed the infrastructure necessary to recruit and train local volunteers, develop strategic partnerships and quickly establish working chapters. We currently track demographic and service information for each client served and have the software in place to quickly expand.

Spread The Vote has over 200 partners across the country including: Florida Department of Corrections, New Orleans Public Defenders, American Constitution Society, Indivisible, Ace New York, and True Worth. As you may imagine, the COVID-19 crisis required our organization to make significant changes to the way that we generally operate, including developing solutions that allowed our staff and volunteers to serve remotely and providing essential information in our voter guides and education materials on voting by mail, and significantly expanding our partner operations.

We have over 1000 trained volunteers across the country and field staffers in Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia. They work directly with our clients to procure supplementary documents, provide transportation and advocacy at government offices, provide necessary funds, and obtain IDs. Spread The Vote maintains consistent communication and support with our clients until their ID is in-hand.

Because 77% of Spread The Vote’s clients have never voted before, and 100% cannot without our assistance, STV operates a comprehensive get out the vote operation, including developing election guides tailored to first time, low information voters, hosting voter education events for our clients and communities, providing transportation and comfort at the polls, and operating the only national program to help incarcerated citizens vote across the country. Through our efforts, we have increased voter turnouts among our clients from 0% to 40%.

Financials

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Board of directors
as of 11/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kat Calvin

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/20/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Black/African American/African
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Female

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/29/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.