About Long Distance Voter
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.
Long Distance Voter is a volunteer run organization staffed by committed folks who happily donate their nights and weekends to voter outreach efforts.
Debra 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 has held a wide array of positions in the non-profit, government, and business sectors, but has most often found herself managing large-scale projects. Debra most recently worked as a Technical Project Manager for Myspace.com, and was responsible for the day-to-day activities of 50 software developers. Debra was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY; educated at Pomona College, CA; and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Carl 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.
Current contributors include Aaron Bacon, Brett Bynane, Renee Autumn Ray, Tara Mancini, Doug Smiley, and Kimberly Eaton.
Renee joined Long Distance Voter to help broaden the organization's reach in preparation for the 2012 election cycle. She works with other team members on press releases, building relationships with related organizations, and other dissemination strategies. Renee has a Master's in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently works in Atlanta, GA, on built environment strategies to reduce the burden of chronic disease. Her professional background includes working with non-profits on economic development locally and internationally, and her volunteer experience includes working with domestic violence shelters, serving on the board of a local arts and community service center, and launching a PFLAG in Tupelo, MS.
Doug Smiley, Marketing Director
Doug is Long Distance Voter's Marketing Director, helping to reach over one million voters for the 2012 US election cycle. He works with the Long Distance Voter team and outside partners to increase the organization's audience reach and visibility, both online and offline. Doug is also the Chief Marketing Officer for RCRD LBL, the premiere source for new music discovery. RCRD LBL has attracted praise from the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, the LA Times, MTV and Wired. Doug has a BA in Political Studies from New School University, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Aaron Bacon, Content and Communications
Aaron Bacon joined Long Distance Voter in 2012 to help with content accuracy and communications. In 2008, he led a team that built the absentee voting website BeAbsentee.org. The website was praised by multiple media sources for accuracy and simplicity. In 2008, it helped over 20,000 people access voting information. However, Long Distance Voter helped close to 500,000 people in that same election cycle, so BeAbsentee.org got the boot. Aaron is a freelance web and political consultant with a passion for the outdoors. He is currently working his sixth season with the National Park Service.
Tara Mancini, Volunteer Management
Tara was part of the original Long Distance Voter team in 2008, and she returned earlier this year, knowing the importance of getting out the vote in this critical election year. Tara is helping to increase the capacity of Long Distance Voter by creating an internship program. In addition, she is increasing the organizations presence on Twitter, and in D.C. In her free time, she enjoys practicing foreign languages, running and yoga.
We'd like to thank the following people for working tirelessly 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.