About Long Distance Voter

Last updated February 20, 2014


Long Distance Voter is the internet's most comprehensive resource for registering and voting by mail.  Long Distance Voter increases civic participation by and removes impediments to voting by helping US citizens to register and vote by mail.  


Not long ago, many voters struggled to find reliable information on absentee voting in their state. Recognizing this need, Long Distance Voter launched in 2008, becoming the first centralized online resource for absentee voting information. Our easy to follow state-by-state voter guides simplify the absentee voting process by providing clear and thorough information for registering to vote, verifying voter registration, and applying for an absentee ballot.

Long Distance Voter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in California.  We do not support or oppose any political candidate or party. 

Executive Team

Long Distance Voter is a volunteer run organization staffed by committed folks who happily donate their nights and weekends to voter outreach efforts.

Debra CleaverDebra Cleaver, Founder & Executive Director
Debra is the Founder and Executive Director of Long Distance Voter. Debra recruited and trained a small team of volunteers in early 2008, and lead the team from concept to site launch in under four months. Debra spearheads all major projects at Long Distance Voter, serves as its primary web-developer and manages most of its day-to-day affairs. Debra’s responsibilities include strategic and operational planning; technical development; search engine optimization and targeted search engine marketing; communications and public relations; outreach and alliance programs; staff recruitment and training; website content development; and routine comprehensive information quality checks. Debra continually looks for ways to simplify absentee voting for domestic voters, and has taken the unusual (but well-received) step of creating absentee ballot applications for eight states that did not already have formal applications. 

Prior to founding Long Distance Voter, Debra acted as a national director for Swing the State, an online resource that matched volunteers with voter mobilization efforts in swing states. Swing the State was recognized as one of the most cost-effective groups to emerge from the 2004 elections. 

Professionally, Debra is a seasoned product manager, with over 6 years experience delivering best-in-class consumer facing web products.  Debra was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY; educated at Pomona College, CA; and currently lives in Los San Francisco, CA.


Carl SnodgrassCarl Snodgrass, Associate Director
Carl Gavin Tewksbury Snodgrass (yes, that’s his real name) is the Associate Director of Long Distance Voter.  He was part of the small core group that gathered the data and built the content prior to Long Distance Voter's launch in early 2008.  Carl assists in all day-to-day affairs, including strategic planning and partnerships, communications, public relations, quality checks and information updates, and content development for the website; he also oversees customer service and direct voter assistance.  Prior to joining Long Distance Voter, Carl worked investigating allegations of police misconduct for New York City, where he first met Founder and Executive Director Debra Cleaver. 

Carl graduated summa cum laude with a BA in philosophy and a minor in Japanese from Lewis & Clark College in 2006 and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honors society.  He is a classically-trained pianist and enjoys playing and writing music, as well as building things and painting.  Born in California and raised in Portland, OR, Carl currently lives in Philadelphia.

Special Thanks

We'd like to thank the following people for working tirelessly in 2008 to drive the site from conception to launch: Jon Liroff, Tom Riccobono, Sheena Otto, Suzanne Metzger, Corinne Ball, Elora Miller, Elena Morin, JP Reader and Deborah Berkman.

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