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{{TLD| |logo = DotVote.jpg |status = Active |manager = [[Monolith Registry LLC]] |country = |language = |translation = |registryprovider = [[Afilias]] |registrations = |date = |type = [[gTLD|Generic]] |category = [[:Category:Lifestyle New gTLDs|Lifestyle]] |community = |priority = |keypeople = }} '''.VOTE''' is an active [[gTLD]], added to the [[DNS]] [[Root Zone|root zone]] in [[ICANN]]'s [[New gTLD Program|new gTLD program]]. [[Monolith Registry LLC]] manages .vote with the support of [[Afilias]] as its back-end provider of registry services.[https://gtldresult.icann.org/application-result/applicationstatus/applicationdetails/1582 New gTLD Application] ==Mission and Purpose== The new (.VOTE) and its Spanish/Portuguese/Italian counterpart, (.VOTO) top level domains are dedicated to providing spaces on the Internet where voters can find useful information from candidates and other bona fide political participants who agree to abide by the .VOTE/.VOTO registration .VOTE and .VOTO reduce confusion with domain names and create an easily recognizable Internet space where voters can find reliable information regarding governments, current elected officials, and candidates seeking public office at all levels. [https://gtldresult.icann.org/application-result/applicationstatus/applicationdetails/1582 New gTLD Application] Retrieved 03/6/2015 ==Registration Policy== ===Eligibility=== Registrants must have a bona fide intention to use the domain name, during the current/relevant election cycle, in connection with a clearly identified political/democratic process at the time of registration. Warehousing domain names for future speculative use, or registering a domain name to principally block the bona fide registration and use by a third party is expressly prohibited.[http://get.vote/vote_registration_policy Registration Policy] Retrieved 04 June 2015 ===Name Selection=== There must be a clear and logical nexus between the activities of the Registrant within the political/democratic system and the domain name being registered. Registrants shall have a bona fide intention to use the domain name in promoting, developing, educating, or engaging in commerce regarding the political system. Domain names that are likely to deceive, disparage or cause a material detriment to the .VOTE brand, its customers or Internet users are explicitly prohibited, e.g., www.ihateCandidateX.vote, www.yourOpponentsName.vote, etc. The default allocation mechanism in connection with Standard Registrations are First-Come, First-Serve. However, the Registry Operator reserves the right to utilize alternative allocation mechanisms.[http://get.vote/vote_registration_policy Registration Policy] Retrieved 04 June 2015 ===Proxy/Private Registration=== .VOTE requires that accurate Registrant data is available in the WHOIS at all times. Therefore, Proxy / Private Registration is not allowed in .VOTE registrations.[http://get.vote/vote_registration_policy Registration Policy] Retrieved 04 June 2015 ===Compliance=== In addition to standard anti-abuse policy, the registry has an audit mechanism in place to protect the integrity of the .VOTE brand and the interest of .VOTE customers and internet. There are processes in place where non-compliant names can be reported, investigated and removed promptly, when warranted. Abuse reports can be emailed to [mailto:abuse@afilias.info abuse@afilias.info]. ==Delegation and Availability== On November 21, 2013 [[Monolith Registry LLC|Monolith]] received a [[Registry Agreement]] signed by [[ICANN]] for .vote after passing the [[Initial Evaluation]].[http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries-date Registry Agreements, ICANN.org] Retrieved 02 Dec 2013 It was subsequently delegated to the [[Root Zone]] of the [[DNS]] on 2 March, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/delegated-strings Delegation] The [[Sunrise Period]] was held from January 13, 2015 through February 12, 2015. General Availability opened on February 17, 2015. ==Applications== The winning applicant, [[Monolith Registry LLC]] is a venture backed by [[Afilias]]. The application was in contention with [[Donuts]]. In June 2013, the contention was settled in a private auction, for an undisclosed amount. This was the first case of a [[gTLD Auction|private gTLD auction]] leading to a withdrawal of an application. The auction was facilitated by [[Innovative Auctions]]. [http://domainincite.com/13291-donuts-withdrawns-its-vote-bid-raising-questions-about-new-gtld-auctions Donuts Withdrawns Its Vote bid Raising Questions about New gTLD Auctions, DomainIncite.com] Published and Retrieved 6 June 2013 ==Registrant Usage== The .VOTE domain is intended for use in the political sphere, primarily in relation to elections. As stated in the Applications, the target registrants are governmental organizations, political candidates, political action committees (PACs), political committees, and other registrants who meet the domains specific eligibility requirement.[https://gtldresult.icann.org/application-result/applicationstatus/applicationdetails/1582 New gTLD Application] ===State Usage=== Currently, eight states have registered .vote domains: *Alabama *Arizona *Connecticut *Colorado (not live) *Iowa *Louisiana *Rhode Island *Washington Seven of these eight states (excluding Colorado) have live sites, where voter information can be found. All of these states have registered [[.voto]] domains as well. ===Presidential Candidates=== Additionally, a few of the political candidates in the 2016 Presidential Primary have adopted .vote. It has been promoted as a way to limit the impact of the cybersquatting that has become common in general elections. Candidates such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Carly Fiorina have active sites registered under the .vote domain.[https://www.afilias.info/ar/node/3436 Afilias Blog] ==References== {{reflist}} [[Category: TLD]] [[Category:Lifestyle New gTLDs|vote]] [[Category:TLDs with Registry Agreements|vote]]

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.VOTE Domain Name
Monolith Registry LLC
5940 South Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89118
1 702 7010396
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