What We Do
VoteRiders is making sure that no eligible citizen is denied his or her right to vote for lack of ID.
VoteRiders is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides practical assistance and information to ensure voters have the right kind of ID to vote in their state. VoteRiders is the leading organization focusing exclusively on voter ID.
Our current priority states, which have or are poised to enact stringent laws about which IDs are acceptable to vote, are: AL, AZ, FL, GA, IN, KS, MI, MO, ND, NH, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA and WI. Some of these states' voter ID laws leave to others’ discretion whether a resident’s vote will count, or require documentary proof of citizenship to even register to vote. We expect this list to grow, as up to 12 states have pending legislation.
Read more about how voter ID laws disenfranchise millions of eligible voters. In addition to people who lack acceptable ID to vote, confusion and intimidation serve to prevent millions more eligible voters from voting even though they have a valid ID in their state. Our Voter ID Hotline receives as many calls from people in non-voter ID states as from those in states that require or request ID at the polls! Even poll workers are confused and sometimes ask voters for proof of ID when none is required.
Our programs and services fall into three main areas:
1. Individual Voter Assistance
We provide information about voter ID requirements, including via our nationwide toll-free Voter ID Hotline (844-338-8743) and online resources along with our on-the-ground teams. We help voters who need to obtain ID to vote in their state, such as:
- covering the cost of required documents (birth certificates, Social Security cards, name-change court orders, etc.) for low-income voters,
- arranging transportation to their local DMV to secure their voter ID, and
- pro bono legal assistance with documentation.
2. Voter ID Education
We inform people about voter ID requirements so that they have confidence their vote will count. We bring clarity to the widespread confusion about voter ID and its relationship to voter registration and other voting rights issues. We highlight developments in voter ID laws, their implementation, and their consequences (see Voter ID News for the latest). This includes our outreach through traditional and social media. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed, and sign up for our occasional email updates.
3. On-the-Ground Partnerships
We partner with local organizations to find, inform and help voters with voter ID, especially those most at risk of losing their right to vote. Our Partner Organizations are crucial to the work we do. Their community connections and volunteer programs multiply and sustain our impact across the country. In our experience, the most effective way to organize to assist voters is to support local VoteRiders Voter ID Coalitions that include on-the-ground organizations, local election and government officials, community institutions, and businesses like taxi companies. In 2017, it is essential that we expand our network of Partner Organizations and support their VoteRiders Voter ID Coalitions. If you know of, or belong to, a local organization interested in partnering with VoteRiders, please contact us!
What Can You Do?
If you, your family, friends, colleagues or neighbors need information or assistance obtaining an ID to vote, please call our toll-free Voter ID Hotline: 844-338-8743 or contact us!
Check out these SEVEN actions you can take to make sure every citizen has the ID they need to vote
Donations are 100% tax deductible. VoteRiders is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our tax identification number is 45-5081831.
- Our national headquarters is located at:
171 Pier Avenue #313
Santa Monica, CA 90405