Terms of Service

Terms of Service


These Terms of Service (the “Terms”) govern your access to and use of the VoteRef.com website owned and operated by Voter Reference Foundation LLC (“VRF"), a subsidiary of Restoration Action, Inc., a 501(c)(4) nonprofit social welfare organization. 
 
By accessing or using VoteRef.com and/or by indicating your assent to these Terms when you use VoteRef.com, you are agreeing to these Terms and entering into a legally binding contract with VRF, INCLUDING WAIVER OF ANY RIGHT TO PURSUE CLAIMS AS A REPRESENTATIVE OR MEMBER IN ANY CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION. 
 
If you are unwilling or unable to be bound by the Terms, do not access or use VoteRef.com. 
 
VRF reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or delete portions of these Terms at any time without notice. Your continued use of VoteRef.com is subject to all such revisions. For information on how VRF collects, uses, and shares your personal information, please see the VRF Privacy Policy.
 

SITE RESTRICTIONS

VoteRef.com and the services offered through VoteRef.com are only for election-related, non-commercial use. To access or use VoteRef.com, you must be 13 years old or older and have the requisite power and authority to enter into these Terms. If you know of someone using VoteRef.com who is under age 13, please contact VRF at privacy@voteref.com
 
VoteRef.com is also intended only for viewing in the United States by United States citizens. Do not access VoteRef.com if you are not located in the United States or if you are not a  United States citizen. VRF may terminate, without notice, your access to VoteRef.com for failure to comply with this section. 
 

OWNERSHIP

As between you and VRF, VRF owns all right, title, and interest in VoteRef.com, including the look and feel of VoteRef.com, and the content thereon. Your use of VoteRef.com does not grant you any ownership interest in VoteRef.com or any element thereof. 
 

PROHIBITED CONDUCT

You may not use information on VoteRef.com for any purpose unrelated to elections. You may not use information on VoteRef.com for commercial purposes. “Commercial purposes” includes use in connection with advertising or promoting commercial products or services, or for the purpose of sale, resale, solicitation, or for any purpose in which the user can reasonably anticipate the receipt of monetary gain from direct or indirect use. For example, you may not sell information obtained from VoteRef.com, or use it in connection with advertising or promoting commercial products or services, or solicitation.
 
You may not knowingly disclose information on VoteRef.com to any foreign government, or to a federal agency or commission, or to a person acting on behalf of a foreign government or of such a federal entity, for the purpose of (a) registration of a voter based on his or her information maintained in the checklist, (b) publicly disclosing a voter's information maintained in the checklist, or (c) comparing a voter's information maintained in the checklist to personally identifying information contained in other federal or state databases.
 
You may not use VoteRef.com to take any action that could harm VRF or any third party, interfere with the operation of VoteRef.com, or use VoteRef.com to violate any law. By way of example but not limitation, you may not: (a) act in a manner that negatively affects other users’ ability to engage in real time exchanges; (b) alter, edit, or delete the materials on VoteRef.com, including the deletion of any trademark or copyright notices on VoteRef.com; (c) interfere with or disrupt VoteRef.com, VRF’s servers, or networks (e.g., “flooding” or the sending of mass unsolicited messages) or otherwise harm VoteRef.com or other users; (d) intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national, or international law or any regulations having the force of law; (e) impersonate any person or entity or misrepresent your connection to any person or entity; (f) “stalk,” harass, or otherwise advocate the stalking or harassing of another person; (f) collect or store personally identifiable information about other users in connection with the prohibited conduct and activities set forth herein; (h) reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade, resell, or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of VoteRef.com; (i) attempt to override or circumvent any security measures of VoteRef.com or VRF’s third party providers or access parts of VoteRef.com you are not authorized to visit; (j) engage in any unauthorized screen scraping, database scraping, or spidering, or collection of personally identifiable information, or use any other automated means to collect information from VoteRef.com; (k) use any software, tool, or other device (such as browsers, spiders, or avatars) to search VoteRef.com, other than the search functionality offered through VoteRef.com or other generally available web browsers; (l) link directly to any image hosted on VoteRef.com in a manner that would cause the image on VoteRef.com to be hosted on another web site; (m) link to VoteRef.com in such a manner that VoteRef.com or any portion thereof is “framed” on another web site; (n) attempt to reverse-engineer or decrypt any software on VoteRef.com; or (o) facilitate or encourage the violation of any of the policies set forth in these Terms.
 

MOBILE SERVICE

If VoteRef.com is accessible via a mobile device, VRF does not charge a fee for this, but your mobile service carrier fees may still apply. Further, downloading, installing, or using certain portions of VoteRef.com may be prohibited or restricted by your mobile service carrier, and not all features may function properly with all carriers, devices, or software. VRF recommends you check with your mobile service carrier to find out what restrictions, if any, may be applicable to your mobile service.
 

LINKS

VoteRef.com may contain links to other websites. VRF does not monitor or check the accuracy of such third-party materials and accordingly, VRF has no control over such third-party sites and resources. VRF is: (a) not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources; and (b) does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such third parties. If you decide to access a third-party link, you do so at your own risk. You should review any terms and conditions and privacy polices prior to navigating to such third-party site from VoteRef.com.
 

CONTRIBUTIONS TO VRF 

VRF does not solicit unsolicited feedback, ideas, documents, suggestions, or other information (“Contributions”) about its services. If you provide a Contribution, VRF will be free to use any Contributions provided by you for any purpose, such as improving its services and creating derivative technologies based upon such Contributions. All Contributions are provided voluntarily and free of any third-party rights or encumbrances.
 

MODIFICATIONS TO SITE

VRF reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, VoteRef.com (or any part thereof) with or without notice. VRF will not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of VoteRef.com.
 

TERMINATION

VRF may terminate or suspend, without notice and in its sole discretion, your access to VoteRef.com.
 

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES AND INDEMNITY

You represent and warrant that you have full authority to enter into and accept these Terms and grant the rights and licenses herein. You shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless VRF, its parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and all of their directors, officers, agents, shareholders, and employees against all third party claims, damages, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses) arising out of or in connection with: (a) your breach or alleged breach of the representations and warranties set forth herein; (b) your use of VoteRef.com; and/or (c) your violation of these Terms or any law or regulation. VRF reserves the right, at its own expense, to take over the defense of any claim subject to indemnification by you, and, if so, you shall cooperate with VRF’s defense as reasonably requested in defense of the claim. 
 

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

VoteRef.com is a free public research tool that allows you to access information obtained in accordance with the National Voting Rights Act of 1993, 52 U.S.C. § 20501, et. seq., and specifically 52 U.S.C. § 20507(i) and state public records laws. 
 
VRF is not the creator or originator of the voter information published on VoteRef.com. All voter information on VoteRef.com is public information provided to VRF by state and local election officials
 
VRF does not represent that the voter information provided by state and local election officials and displayed on VoteRef.com is accurate or reliable. 
 
Because the voter information on VoteRef.com comes from public records, if you discover any problem with the accuracy of information on VoteRef.com, or if you believe for any reason that the voter information should not be contained in publicly available records, you should contact the applicable state or local election official.
 
YOUR USE OF VOTEREF.COM IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. VRF MAKES NO REPRESENTATION, WARRANTY, OR GUARANTEE OF THE SUITABILITY OF VOTEREF.COM OR THAT VOTEREF.COM WILL BE SECURE, UNINTERRUPTED, ERROR-FREE, OR WILL FUNCTION PROPERLY IN COMBINATION WITH ANY THIRD-PARTY TECHNOLOGY, HARDWARE, SOFTWARE, SYSTEMS, OR DATA. VOTEREF.COM IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, AND ALL CONDITIONS, REPRESENTATIONS, AND WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, TITLE, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. VOTEREF.COM MAY BE SUBJECT TO INTERRUPTION, LIMITATIONS, DELAYS, AND OTHER PROBLEMS INHERENT IN THE USE OF WIRELESS APPLICATIONS AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS, AND VRF IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY SUCH DELAYS, DELIVERY FAILURES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGE RESULTING FROM EVENTS BEYOND VRF’S REASONABLE CONTROL. FURTHER, VRF MAKES NO REPRESENTATION, WARRANTY, OR GUARANTEE IN REGARD TO ANY INFORMATION DOWNLOADED, OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH VOTEREF.COM FROM A THIRD PARTY. THIS INCLUDES ANY APPLICATION, CONTENT, OR LINK PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, WIRELESS DEVICES) OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.
 

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL VRF BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR OTHER DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, GOODWILL, DATA, BREACH OF USER SECURITY, TERMINATION OF USER ACCESS, OR OTHER PECUNIARY LOSS) ARISING OUT OF THESE TERMS OR THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE VOTEREF.COM, EVEN IF VRF HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. YOUR EXCLUSIVE REMEDY AND VRF’S TOTAL AGGREGATE LIABILITY RELATING TO, ARISING OUT OF, IN CONNECTION WITH, OR INCIDENTAL TO THESE TERMS FOR ANY REASON WILL BE LIMITED TO THE ACTUAL DIRECT DAMAGES INCURRED BY YOU, UP TO ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS ($100.00). THIS LIMITATION APPLIES TO ALL CAUSES OF ACTION OR CLAIMS IN THE AGGREGATE FOR ANY REASON INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PERSONAL HARM. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES; ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OF SECTIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
 

CHOICE OF LAW AND VENUE

Illinois law will govern these Terms, as well as any claim, cause of action, or dispute that might arise between you and VRF, without regard to conflict of law provisions. For any claim brought by either party, you agree to submit and consent to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction in, and the exclusive venue of, the state and federal courts located within DuPage County, Illinois.
 

CLASS ACTION WAIVER

YOU AND VRF WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO ASSERT ANY CLAIMS AGAINST EACH OTHER AS A REPRESENTATIVE OR MEMBER IN ANY CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION. You agree that you will pursue any claim or lawsuit against VRF as an individual and will not bring, maintain, or participate in any class action, collective action, or representative action against VRF, and that, if you are included within a class, collective, or representative action, you will take all steps necessary either to opt out of the action or refrain from opting in.


TRADEMARK INFORMATION

VRF and any trademarks associated with VRF are the property of VRF. All trademarks on VoteRef.com that are not owned by VRF are the property of their respective owners. In no event will any VRF trademarks or other trademarks be deemed licensed, sold, or assigned to you as a result of your acceptance of these Terms or by your use of VoteRef.com. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. 
 

COPYRIGHT

VoteRef.com and the information on VoteRef.com (including text, photos, graphics, software, video, and audio) are protected by copyright law as collective works or compilations. The actual voter records themselves as well as statutes and regulations are in the public domain. All individual text, photos, graphics, software, video, audio, and other elements of the Site are also protected by copyright. You are prohibited from publishing, displaying, reproducing, distributing, entering into a database, performing, modifying, creating derivative works, transmitting, or in any way exploiting any part of VoteRef.com, except that you may access and view the content on VoteRef.com on your computer or other digital device and make single copies or prints of the content on VoteRef.com for any purpose not inconsistent with the conduct prohibited in the “Prohibited Conduct” section above. Copying or storing any content for any other purpose is prohibited.
 

GENERAL

These Terms and the Privacy Policy comprise the entire agreement between you and VRF and supersede all prior or contemporaneous negotiations, discussions, or agreements, whether written or oral, between the parties regarding the subject matter contained herein. All notices, requests, or other communications must be in writing and sent via email or US pre-paid post to the authorized representative of the other party. If any part of these Terms is found to be illegal, unenforceable, or invalid, then that part will be removed, and remaining provisions will continue to be valid and enforceable. No joint venture, partnership, employment, agency, or exclusive relationship will exist between you and VRF. Any failure to enforce any provision of these Terms will not constitute a waiver of such rights. All indemnities, licenses, disclaimers, limitations, and restrictions of warranty will survive termination of these Terms, as well as the provisions of this “General” section.


CONTACTING VRF

If you have any questions regarding these Terms or VRF, please feel free to contact VRF at: info@voteref.com
 
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