Terms of Service
2gov is a service of Votizen, the network of registered voters, and is
governed by the Votizen Terms of Service.
When you use a free service, the first question that always pops to mind is,
"So, what's the catch?" That's what the Terms of Service are for — to outline
all the details so that you know what you're getting in to "for
For the official terms you'll need to wade through all the legalese below.
That said, the quick preview is that our service is about connecting voters
with other voters who tend to agree on the same issues. This means we could
eventually connect you with others who want to influence the legislative and
elective process. If and when this happens you'll be able to decide how you
want to be contacted; nothing will happen without your permission.
Moreover, our service is only about civic participation and is strictly
non-commercial. We'll never do anything outside of the political process.
We'll never sell your name or any contact information to anyone, period. And
we'll always do our best to respect your wishes on exactly how much you want
to get involved.
At the end of the day if you like the service and find it valuable you may use
it, and if you don't like the service or the rules then you are free to leave
and we will permanently delete any information about you we may have
collected. And that pretty much sums up what follows.
Votizen Terms of Service
These Terms of Service ("Terms") govern your access
to and use of the services and Votizen's websites (the "Services"), and any
information, text, graphics, or other materials uploaded, downloaded or
appearing on the Services (collectively referred to as "Content"). Your
access to and use of the Services is conditioned on your acceptance of and
compliance with these Terms. By accessing or using the Services you agree to
be bound by these Terms.
You are responsible for your
use of the Services, for any content you post to the Services, and for any
consequences thereof. The Content you submit, post, or display may be able
to be viewed by other users of the Services and through third party services
and websites. You should only provide Content that you are comfortable
sharing with others under these Terms.
Use of the Services is void
where prohibited. By using the Services you represent and warrant that:
* all registration information you submit is truthful and accurate;
* you will maintain the accuracy of such information;
* you are a registered voter 18 years of age or older; and
* your use of the Services does not violate any applicable law or
Speech on Votizen is NOT
anonymous. Votizen helps voters communicate with their elected officials,
and authenticity is an important part of this communication. You agree that
any information you provide regarding your identity is accurate and truthful
and that any Content you submit is by you and on your own behalf. While
there is a place for anonymous speech, Votizen is NOT intended to help
people express their views anonymously.
Reservation of Rights to Change at Any Time
The Services that Votizen provides may evolve and the
form and nature of the Services may change from time to time without prior
notice to you. In addition, Votizen may stop (permanently or temporarily)
providing the Services (or any features within the Services) to you or to
users generally and may not be able to provide you with prior notice. We
also retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole
discretion at any time without prior notice to you.
There May Be Political Communications (Targeted or Otherwise)
Other Uses of Your Content and Usage Information
The Services may include messages to you, which may be targeted to the
Content or information on the Services, queries made through the Services,
or other information generated by your use of the Services. The types and
extent of such communications or similar analytics and messaging by Votizen
on the Services are subject to change. In consideration for Votizen granting
you access to and use of the Services, you agree that Votizen and its
third-party providers and partners may display or otherwise provide
communications or messages to you through and within the Services or in
connection with the display of Content or information from the Services
whether submitted by you or others. Votizen strives to provide you with
controls so that you can make meaningful choices about how your Content is
used and how information associated with your usage of the Service may be
service-related information now and in the future. Note: We do not sell or
rent your name, address information, or email address for any purposes.
Any information that you provide to Votizen is subject to our Privacy
Policy, which governs our collection and use of your information. You
understand that through your use of the Services you consent to the
for processing and use by Votizen. As part of providing you the Services, we
may need to provide you with certain communications, such as service
announcements and administrative messages. These communications are
considered part of the Services and your Votizen account, which you may not
be able to opt-out from receiving.
You are responsible for safeguarding the password that you use to access
the Services and for any activities or actions under your password. We
encourage you to use "strong" passwords (passwords that use a combination of
upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols) with your account.
Votizen cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from
your failure to comply with the above requirements.
Content on the Services
Posters are Responsible for Their Content. All Content, whether it is made
available through reports or other aspects of the Services, is the sole
responsibility of the person who originated such Content. We may not monitor
or control the Content posted via the Services and, we cannot take
responsibility for such Content. Any use or reliance on any Content or
materials posted via the Services or obtained by you through the Services is
at your own risk.
No Endorsements and No Liability for or by Us for
We do not endorse, support, represent,
or guarantee the completeness, truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any
Content or communications posted via the Services or endorse any opinions
expressed via the Services. You understand that by using the Services, you
may be exposed to Content, including the viewpoints of others, that might be
offensive, harmful, inaccurate, or otherwise inappropriate. Under no
circumstances will Votizen be liable in any way for any Content, including,
but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any Content, or any loss or
damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted,
emailed, transmitted, or otherwise made available via the Services or
You retain your rights to any Content you submit, post, or display on or
through the Services.
Your License to Us and Others
submitting, posting, or displaying Content on or through the Services, you
grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to
sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish,
transmit, display, and distribute such Content in any and all media or
distribution methods (now known or later developed).
You agree that this license includes the right for Votizen to make such
Content available to other companies, organizations, or individuals who
partner with Votizen for the syndication, broadcast, distribution, or
publication of such Content on other media and services, subject to our
terms and conditions for such Content use and your Account Settings.
Generally, unless you tell us otherwise, when we send a message or
communication to your elected officials, this information will be compiled
and made accessible through reports and related functions of the Service.
Votizen has an evolving set of rules for how API developers can interact
with your Content.
Such additional uses by Votizen, or other companies, organizations, or
individuals who partner with Votizen, may be made with no compensation paid
to you with respect to the Content that you submit, post, transmit, or
otherwise make available through the Services.
We may modify or adapt your Content in order to transmit, display, or
distribute it over computer networks and in various media and/or make
changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content
to any requirements or limitations of any networks, devices, services, or
You're Responsible for Your Content and Use of the
You are responsible for your use of the
Services, for any Content you provide, and for any consequences thereof,
including the use of your Content by other users and our third-party
partners. Votizen will not be responsible or liable for any use of your
Content by Votizen in accordance with these Terms. You represent and warrant
that you have all the rights, power, and authority necessary to grant the
rights granted in these Terms to any Content that you submit.
Votizen Software License
gives you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable, and
non-exclusive license to use the software that is provided to you by Votizen
as part of the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling
you to use and enjoy the benefit of the Services as provided by Votizen, in
the manner permitted by these Terms.
All right, title, and interest in and to the Services (excluding Content
provided by users) are and will remain the exclusive property of Votizen and
its licensors. The Services are protected by copyright, trademark, and other
laws of both the United States and foreign countries. Nothing in the Terms
gives you a right to use the Votizen name or any of the Votizen trademarks,
logos, domain names, and other distinctive brand features. Any feedback,
comments, or suggestions you may provide regarding Votizen, or the Services
is entirely voluntary and we will be free to use such feedback, comments or
suggestions as we see fit and without any obligation to you.
Restrictions on Content and Use of the Services
We reserve the right at all times (but will not have an obligation) to
remove or refuse to distribute any Content on the Services and to terminate
also reserve the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any
information as we reasonably believe is necessary to (i) satisfy any
applicable law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request, (ii)
enforce the Terms, including investigation of potential violations hereof,
(iii) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical
issues, (iv) respond to user support requests, or (v) protect the rights,
property, or safety of Votizen, its users, and the public.
Votizen does not disclose personally-identifiable information to third
Except as permitted through the Services (or these Terms), you have to use
the Votizen API if you want to reproduce, modify, create derivative works,
distribute, sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, or
otherwise use the Content or Services.
You may not do any of the following while accessing or using the Services:
(i) access, tamper with, or use non-public areas of the Services, Votizen's
computer systems, or the technical delivery systems of Votizen's providers;
(ii) probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of any system or network, or
breach or circumvent any security or authentication measures; (iii) access
or search or attempt to access or search the Services by any means
(automated or otherwise) other than through our currently available,
published interfaces that are provided by Votizen (and only pursuant to
those terms and conditions), unless you have been specifically allowed to do
so in a separate agreement with Votizen (NOTE: crawling the Services is
permissible if done in accordance with the provisions of the robots.txt
file, however, scraping the Services without the prior consent of Votizen is
expressly prohibited); (iv) forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of
the header information in any email or posting, or in any way use the
Services to send altered, deceptive, or false source-identifying
information; or (v) interfere with, or disrupt, (or attempt to do so), the
access of any user, host, or network, including, without limitation, sending
a virus, overloading, flooding, spamming, mail-bombing the Services, or by
scripting the creation of Content in such a manner as to interfere with or
create an undue burden on the Services.
Votizen respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects
users of the Services to do the same. We will respond to notices of alleged
copyright infringement that comply with applicable law and are properly
provided to us. If you believe that your Content has been copied in a way
that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide us with the
following information: (i) a physical or electronic signature of the
copyright owner or a person authorized to act on their behalf; (ii)
identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed; (iii)
identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the
subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which
is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to
locate the material; (iv) your contact information, including your address,
telephone number, and an email address; (v) a statement by you that you have
a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is
not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and (vi) a
statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and, under
penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the
We reserve the right to remove Content alleged to be infringing without
prior notice and at our sole discretion. In appropriate circumstances,
Votizen will also terminate a user's account if the user is determined to be
a repeat infringer. Our designated copyright agent for notice of alleged
copyright infringement appearing on the Services is:
548 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
The Services are Available "AS-IS"
Your access to and use of the Services or any Content is at your own risk.
You understand and agree that the Services is provided to you on an "AS IS"
and "AS AVAILABLE" basis. Without limiting the foregoing, VOTIZEN AND ITS
PARTNERS DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OF MERCHANTABILITY,
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. We make no warranty
and disclaim all responsibility and liability for the completeness,
accuracy, availability, timeliness, security or reliability of the Services
or any content thereon. Votizen will not be responsible or liable for any
harm to your computer system, loss of data, or other harm that results from
your access to or use of the Services, or any Content. You also agree that
Votizen has no responsibility or liability for the deletion of, or the
failure to store or to transmit, any Content and other communications
maintained by the Services. We make no warranty that the Services will meet
your requirements or be available on an uninterrupted, secure, or error-free
basis. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained from
Votizen or through the Services, will create any warranty not expressly made
The Services may contain links to third-party websites or resources. You
acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible or liable for: (i) the
availability or accuracy of such websites or resources; or (ii) the content,
products, or services on or available from such websites or resources. Links
to such websites or resources do not imply any endorsement by Votizen of
such websites or resources or the content, products, or services available
from such websites or resources. You acknowledge sole responsibility for and
assume all risk arising from your use of any such websites or resources.
Limitation of Liability
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, VOTIZEN AND ITS
SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, PARTNERS, AND
LICENSORS WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL,
CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF
PROFITS, DATA, USE, GOOD-WILL, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, RESULTING FROM
(i) YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES;
(ii) ANY CONDUCT OR CONTENT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICES, INCLUDING
WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF OTHER
USERS OR THIRD PARTIES; (iii) ANY CONTENT OBTAINED FROM THE SERVICES; AND
(iv) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, USE, OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR
CONTENT, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR
ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, WHETHER OR NOT VOTIZEN HAS BEEN INFORMED OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE, AND EVEN IF A REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN IS FOUND
TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the
exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental
damages, so the limitations above may not apply to you.
Waiver and Severability
The failure of Votizen to enforce any right or provision of these Terms
will not be deemed a waiver of such right or provision. In the event that
any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable, the
remaining provisions of these Terms will remain in full force and effect.
Controlling Law and Jurisdiction
These Terms and any action related thereto will be governed by the laws of
the State of California without regard to or application of its conflict of
law provisions or your state or country of residence. All claims, legal
proceedings, or litigation arising in connection with the Services will be
brought solely in San Francisco County, California, and you consent to the
jurisdiction of and venue in such courts and waive any objection as to
inconvenient forum. You covenant not to bring a claim in any other forum.
are the entire and exclusive agreement between Votizen and you regarding the
Services (excluding any services for which you have a separate agreement
with Votizen that is explicitly in addition or in place of these Terms), and
these Terms supersede and replace any prior agreements between Votizen and
you regarding the Services.
We may revise these Terms from time to time, the most current version will
be available at Votizen.com/terms_of_service.html. If the revision, in our
sole discretion, is material we will notify you via an @Votizen update or
email to the email associated with your account. By continuing to access or
use the Services after those revisions become effective, you agree to be
bound by the revised Terms.
These Services are operated and provided by Votizen Inc., 548 Market St.,
San Francisco, CA 94104. If you have any questions about these Terms, please
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effective: December 22, 2009