U.S. Vote Foundation

Every Citizen is a Voter

aka Overseas Vote   |   Arlington, VA   |  www.usvotefoundation.org

Mission

U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) and its initiative, Overseas Vote, are dedicated to a unified mission: Every Citizen Is a Voter. The foundation supports U.S. citizens with election information and voter services, helping tens of millions of voters each election cycle figure out the how, when, and where of voting. The organization also licenses its civic tech and data to developers interested in creating their own civic tech tools and services.

Ruling year info

2005

President and CEO

Ms Susan T Dzieduszycka-Suinat

Main address

4325 N Old Glebe Rd

Arlington, VA 22207 USA

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Formerly known as

Overseas Vote Foundation

EIN

98-0448497

NTEE code info

Voter Education/Registration (R40)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our goal is to enable every citizen to be a voter. Too many voters find the process of participating in the franchise to be cumbersome and confusing with incomplete information from too many sources to cull through. Often voters give up. U.S. Vote Foundation solves that. Together with our Overseas Vote initiative, the complete set of tools and information services we provide to voters simplifies and clarifies registration and absentee ballot request so that every US citizen, no matter where they are in the world, can engage and vote! In addition, we license our services and data to states, outreach organizations, corporations and other developers so that they can also produce and offer better services to voters. This broadens US Vote's reach, eliminates redundancy of effort across organizations and at the same time, it supports standardization of better quality data and services across voter organizations.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Voter Account

US Vote's unique Voter Account is a voter's personal democracy dashboard, providing access to personalized and streamlined services and information that support ongoing voter participation.

Through the Voter Account service, US Vote aims to transform the voter experience from a scattered online process to a refined and enjoyable user experience that simultaneously infuses value and ease into the voting process.

Population(s) Served
Adults

US Vote’s Civic Data Products and Services program provides a vital, nationwide voting and election data resource to civic and government organizations. The foundation continues to evolve this service, carefully curating and adding more data to meet growing election data demands and expanding the application programming interface (API). The program goal is to improve the voting and election data and information available to all U.S. citizens through a broad network of organizations who use the US Vote Civic Data API.

The Civic Data program has three aspects:
1) Gathering and maintaining a broad and dynamic set of nationwide election and voting data
2) Normalizing, standardizing, and presenting the data in a usable form to voters
3) Providing an API that allows other developers and civic organizations to use the data in their own tools and websites

Key data sets available through the Civic Data API include US Vote's Election Official Directory, Election Dates and Deadlines, Voting Methods and Options, and State Voting Requirements.

Population(s) Served
Adults

US Vote conducts ongoing online communications to voters to increase and maintain participation in all levels of elections. Communications in the form of customized Voter Alerts, email communications, online advertising, and all forms of popular social media are embraced within this program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

US Vote’s Hosted Systems Solution (HSS) program provides licensed, customized, comprehensive website services that enable states, counties, nonprofits, corporations, political action committees, campaigns, associations, and voter outreach organizations to meet the voting needs of their target audiences.

The HSS program offers the proven tools that civic organizations need in order to effectively engage voters. Licensees can choose which of the US Vote-developed tools and services it will run under its banner, fully hosted and maintained by the US Vote organization.

HSS tools and services include:
• Voter registration
• Absentee ballot request
• Voter Account
• Vote-print-mail federal mail-in absentee ballot
• Election official directory
• State-specific voter information directory
• Mailing list
• Reporting dashboard

Population(s) Served
Adults

What we aim to solve
At US Vote, we’re on a mission to make it simple and easy for every American citizen to vote. The right to vote is part of our country’s foundation, woven into the fabric of democracy itself. Voter participation and engagement is essential, and every citizen should be able to exercise this right. While the country has made huge strides in voter turnout, there’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure that US Vote’s motto – Every Citizen Is a Voter – comes true.

The problem we’re solving

Today, voting in the U.S. is a complex web of laws and regulations that differ across all 50 states. States and local jurisdictions have different deadlines for voter registration, diverse and changing voter identification requirements, and uneven standards of voting accessibility and method. As of 2020, there were more than 7,500 local election offices across the country. To make matters even more complicated, hundreds of new voting-related laws are passed every year in states and localities, which means voting guidelines are constantly changing. There is no one way to vote.

Understandably, U.S. citizens are often unsure or confused about how, where, and when to vote. While some dedicated voters resolve to figure it out themselves, for others, this barrier proves insurmountable. This means that people who are legally entitled to vote – and who want to vote – sometimes don’t.

These problems are significant enough in the United States, and for U.S. citizens living overseas or serving in the military, it’s even worse. Some don’t realize they’re eligible to vote, and others don’t know what is required to register and vote from overseas.

Without help, millions of Americans are disenfranchised. That’s where we come in.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Voter Account

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018, we projected 2020 users to reach between 2.5 and 3 Million - and we surpassed our goal!

Number of website pageviews

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Voter Account

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers demonstrates how voters engage more in Presidential Election Years, but the 2014 to 2018 comparison for the Midterm years is also valid and highly indicative of strong growth.

Number of website sessions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Voter Account

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Note the rise of this and other metrics in 2020. All indications show that vote-by-mail drove tremendous voter traffic to our sites.

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.

In 2005, founder and CEO Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat banded together with other American citizens abroad to form Overseas Vote, the precursor to US Vote focused on helping Americans living abroad exercise their voting rights. But the more the Overseas Vote team learned, the more they realized that citizens living in the U.S. needed help just as badly. Applying the lessons learned during the creation of Overseas Vote, and making election information available to U.S. citizens living in America, was the logical next step. The team saw the potential to transform the U.S. voting landscape for the better.

In 2012, US Vote was established, bringing the easy-to-use, free and accurate voting information to domestic US voters, overseas and military voters alike. Unlike other sources of voter information, US Vote and Overseas Vote take a voter-centric approach that keeps the end user – the voter – in mind.

Today, both Overseas Vote and US Vote help tens of millions of voters each election cycle. Here’s how:

1. We give voters the information they need.
US Vote’s website is a free, accurate, easy-to-use resource that gives voters a simple way to find out:
• Where, when, and how they can register to vote
• When their state’s voter registration deadlines are
• What their state’s rules are for absentee and mail-in voting
• Where their polling place is, and when polls are open
• Who their election officials are, and how they can contact their local election office

2. We amplify our reach by making our tools available to other civic organizations.
Realizing the scale and seriousness of the problem, many other organizations are also dedicated to expanding equity and access to voting. We partner with these voter outreach organizations, state and county governments, and federal agencies, giving them access to our accurate, up-to-date software database of state- and local-level civic data.

Our licensees include many well-known organizations, including the Alliance for Securing Democracy, the Brennan Center for Justice, Hip Hop Caucus, the League of Women Voters, Rock the Vote, Vote.org, VoteAmerica, the State of Ohio, and the United States Postal Service, among many others.

How we’re different
• We are the only organization that offers all voter services and information for domestic, military, and overseas voters, all in one place.
• US Vote was created by voters, for voters, and with the voter in mind.
• We offer a range of voter tools, election information, and FAQs.
• We run a Voter Help Desk, where people can get personalized answers to their questions.
• We continually update our database as information changes.
• We’re relentlessly focused on quality and are wholly committed to protecting our users’ security and privacy.
• We conduct post-election research.
• We are nonpartisan. We exist to serve voters, not to promote issues.
• We do not collect or share any data about individual voters.
• We provide more services to more voters per dollar donated than any other voter services organization.

For nearly two decades, U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) has consistently demonstrated its unwavering commitment to voter-centric civic technology innovation. Founded as “Overseas Vote Foundation,” the organization spearheaded civic tech automation of overseas and military absentee voting processes. While serving all voter types, US Vote continues its commitment to this voting population through its Overseas Vote initiative.

The processes that helped make the 2020 general election the safest and most successful election in U.S. history were online ballot requests; online access to dates, deadlines, and eligibility information; and available local election official contact information – all innovative services that were pioneered on the US Vote and Overseas Vote sites.

A Legacy of Firsts

US Vote is a trailblazer. It is the only nonpartisan, nonprofit organization to offer all voter services and information for domestic, military, and overseas voters in one place. US Vote takes a voter-centric approach to its work, keeping the voters top of mind in every strategic decision. Here are a few of US Vote’s “firsts”:

• First user-friendly, wizard-driven online system for overseas and military Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) voter registration and ballot requests
• First to create an online “vote-print-mail" Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) with dynamic, integrated candidate lists for overseas and military voters
• First voter help desk for overseas and military voters
• First to license customized overseas and military voter websites for states and other organizations
• First overseas and military absentee ballot return shipping program, “Express Your Vote" – a collaboration with FedEx in 94 countries
• First Youth Vote Overseas outreach program
• First automated domestic voter registration and absentee ballot request to produce customized, state-specific form output across all states
• First to develop and license Election Official Directory
• First to develop and offer the Voter Account service, creating personal democracy dashboards for individual voters

From the time it launched its first voter service in 2004 until now, US Vote has played a key role in many of the nation’s core voting initiatives and highest-profile organizations. Here is a snapshot of the organization’s impact:

Domestic and Overseas Voter Information Services
• 3.3 million voters were directly served through the US Vote and Overseas Vote websites during the 2020 election cycle, from the primaries through to the Georgia runoff election in January 2021, surpassing the organization’s goal.
• On Election Day 2020: US Vote had more than 11 million pageviews, and more than 72,000 voters used its services.
• Overall, traffic to US Vote’s website increased by approximately 80 percent during 2020 as compared to 2016, evidence of the organization’s increasing visibility among voters.
• During 2020, Overseas Vote had more than 600,000 unique site visits, and more than 11,000 voters accessed the site on Election Day 2020 alone.
• In 2017, US Vote launched the LOCelections initiative to make it easy for voters to find the dates and deadlines for their next local election, ultimately resulting in higher voter turnout and more representative local elections.

Civic Data and Systems Licensing
• US Vote served an estimated 25 million additional voters through its Civic Data API program used by all of the top voter outreach organizations in the U.S. to provide voters with access to its dates, deadlines, eligibility, and election official contact information.
• US Vote has licensed its Civic Data to 47 voter, academic, and government organizations, including the United States Postal Service, the National Association of Secretaries of State, the League of Women Voters, Vote.org, the Brennan Center for Justice, and many more.
• 1.4 million voters maintain a Voter Account on the US Vote system, putting customized voter information at their fingertips.
• As of 2020, US Vote’s Hosted Systems Solutions (HSS) program served 24 licensees with HHS systems, including eight states as well as a variety of civic organizations, offering them an integrated suite of voter services.

What’s next
Looking ahead, US Vote will build on our existing strengths with two transformative initiatives:

1. Increasing local elections participation: LOCelections program
To increase voter participation in local elections, we are curating a nationwide resource for election dates and deadlines for voters and licensees. LOCelections will enable voters to find out when their next local election is and how they can participate, ultimately resulting in higher voter turnout and more representative local elections.

2. Optimizing US Vote for mobile: Voter Account
1.4 million voters already hold Voter Accounts on the US Vote platform. We never stop improving the service. The current re-development efforts will bring forward a mobile-optimized Voter Account service. The Voter Account supports voter engagement through personalized voter services.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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U.S. Vote Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Michael Steele

The Steele Group and MSNBC

Term: 2017 -


Board co-chair

Mr Chip Levengood

U.S. Vote Foundation

Term: 2020 -

Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat

U.S. Vote Foundation

Richard Vogt

U.S. Vote Foundation

Mark Ritchie

State of Minnesota (former)

Michael Steele

The Steele Group and MSNBC

James Brenner

Hirondelle USA

Chip Levengood

U.S. Vote Foundation

Kevin Kennedy

Wisconsin Elections & GAB (former)

Chris Thomas

Michigan Department of State (former)

Clarissa Martinez-de-Castro

UnidosUS

Marcia Johnson-Blanco

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

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 06/16/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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