About Us

Organization and History

Vote-USA.org was developed, maintained and is the sole endeavor of Vote USA Inc. Vote USA Inc., established in 2004, is a Washington DC corporation with a 501(c)(3) IRS non-profit, non-partisan, tax deductible classification.

Vote-USA.org began because in 2003, the founder of this project, Ron Kahlow, went to the polls to vote for the Virginia State Senate and State House offices. He found that he didn’t have the slightest idea who any of the candidates were, or anything about their positions and views, or any knowledge about the ballot measures. Some candidate names, found on the clutter of street and lawn posters, seemed familiar. He questioned the value of voting if voters knew nothing about who or what they were voting for. This seemed like a major flaw in our representative democracy. To address the problem, he launched Vote-USA.org. 2004 was the first year Vote-USA.org provided election coverage on its website.

Since that time, Vote-USA.org has researched over 20,000 candidates and over 500 issues. In the elections of 2016 and 2018 this site provided nearly 3 million voters with over 9 million pages of information.

Philosophy and Mission

We believe that American government should be “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Also, that an informed electorate is essential for a thriving democracy. We therefore seek to inform and educate voters by producing and posting comprehensive non-partisan voter information covering national and state elections and some local elections. Our funding limited the depth of candidate information which we have been able to provide and the number of local elections which we have been able to cover.

Our Products

1. Information to Help You Vote More Informed:

After you enter your postal address, your specific office contests, candidates and ballot measures are presented. Candidate comparisons are side-by-side making it easy to compare choices. These candidate comparisons include pictures, bios, websites, social media links, objectives, and positions on many issues. Our goal is to make the delivery of our information effective and your learning experience satisfying.

We invite every candidate, for whom we have an email address, to upload information to promote his or her candidacy. For candidates who provide no information, we use volunteers and interns to scrape their websites, their social media, and other sources.

2. Your Current Elected Officials:

You can see your currently elected officials via a button on our home page, once your postal address has been entered.

3. Historical Information and Reports:

By clicking the Research & Archive link, you can obtain access to all our data from 2004 to the present.

You can also obtain numerous special reports, like all the contests in a particular state election or all the Governor, US Senate or House contests in an election.

Staffing

We operate with a small number of full-time and part-time staff, volunteers and interns.

Funding

We are funded through 100% tax-deductible contributions from private citizens and a California foundation.

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