WeVoteSafely.org
Over 16,000 early voting or ballot drop-off locations documented - find yours now!

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FAQ

How do I use the site?

Click or tap the button at the top of the main page to geolocate your device and look up the nearest safe voting locations in your county. Alternatively, you can type your address into the text box just below the button at the top of the page. Take me back to the main page now.

 

I am getting an error or nothing happens when I tap on the green button. Can you help me?

The green button accesses geolocation services on your device. You may have those geolocation services turned off. If nothing happens when you click the green button, simply just type your address into the text box just below the button at the top of the page. Take me back to the main page now.

 

Who and what is https://WeVoteSafely.org

The site is a resource designed and built by a variety of volunteers from across the country who believe that every person in the United States should have one-click access to information that can help them exercise their Constitutional right to vote safely during the unprecedented health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many people in this country can take advantage of ballot drop boxes, early voting sites, county election offices, and other similar options for delivering their mail-in/absentee ballot personally by hand to election officials. Given the expansion of vote-by-mail and absentee voting in many states due to COVID-19, we want to simplify the information gathering process for every voter in the United States to eliminate voter confusion and ballot disqualification.

 

How did you build this?

We have an entire page devoted to this topic.

 

Why should I trust this data?

 

We will allow selected non-partisan and/or news organizations to examine our code, data, infrastructure, and/or methods to the extent that any such examination does not compromise the security measures that we have in place for the systems.

 

We believe that it is ALWAYS a best practice to NOT blindly believe something you happen to read on the Internet. That is even (especially!) true with information on voting for the following reasons:

To help you in the process of verifying our voter information, every location on our maps include a link back to the original city/county/state source of official information so that you can validate for yourself that the information is correct. More than ever, democracy is in your hands. Take me back to the main page now.

 

What technologies are you using?

We use best-of-breed services from Google and Microsoft, although our usage of these technologies is not an endorsement of any kind from either of those companies.

 

What is your privacy policy?

We do NOT collect personally identifiable information. Full details are here. If you do not believe our policy in this regard, feel free to use a nearby address for locating nearest safe voting locations. :)

 

I do not see data for my area. What is up with that?

In some cases, states and/or counties have not yet published their information. In other cases, we have not yet collected, standardized, geocoded, and published information that election authorities have published. We do expect to have a complete set of data published here by the end of the second week in October.

 

What are the terms and conditions of using this site?

In some cases, states and/or counties have not yet published their information. In other cases, we have not yet collected, standardized, geocoded, and published information that election authorities have published. We do expect to have a complete set of data published here by the end of the first week in October.

 

Why can I not use my zip code? Why do I have to use my full address?

What a smart question you ask! Elections in the United States are run by county authorities. Your active voter registration is on file in one (and only one) county. However, zip codes can (and sometimes do) span more than one county. In fact, a few zip codes even span more than one state! But don't just take our word for it, you can verify this for yourself and read more fun facts about US zip codes here. With this in mind, a zip code by itself is simply not enough information for us to be able to give you accurate information on where your county's safe voting locations are. In short, we cannot accurately determine your county from your zip code. Although there are some situations across the United States where a ballot belonging to one county and is deposited into another county's system can potentially be forwarded to the correct county, the risk of that ballot potentially going uncounted is quite high. We're guessing that your interest in this question comes from your concern about privacy considerations. If that is true, we think you will like our Privacy Policy. If you don't believe our privacy policy, we recommend that you use your next-door neighbor's address. ;) Now that we have this out of the way, you may want to return to the main page so that you can find your safe voting locations.

 

I have another question - how do I get it answered?

Please send us any questions or concerns that you might have here.