Last Revised: March 23, 2018
This website (this "Site") is provided to you by BallotReady, Inc. d/b/a CivicEngine ("CivicEngine" "we", "our", or "us") on behalf of the and hosted for the company represented on the Site ("Client"). These Terms of Service (the "Terms") are a legal agreement between you and CivicEngine, governing your access to and use of the Site and the online and offline services which CivicEngine agrees to provide to you in connection with the Site (the "Services") including providing you with publicly available information about political candidates and allowing you to view and make plans regarding upcoming election ballots.
You represent and certify that you are of legal age to form a binding contract and are not a person barred from receiving Services under the laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdictions. To register as a user of the Services you must be 18 years or over. In the event that you are agreeing to these Terms on behalf of a third party entity, you represent and warrant that you have sufficient right to bind such third party to these Terms, in which case, all references to "you" in these Terms shall be references to such third party.
BY AGREEING TO THESE TERMS, OR BY OTHERWISE ACCESSING THE SITE OR USING ANY OF THE SERVICES YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS.
In the case of inconsistencies between these Terms and information included in any other materials related to the Site or the Services (e.g., promotional materials and mailers), these Terms will always govern and take precedence.
1.1. Services; Availability. CivicEngine uses reasonable efforts to ensure that the online features of the Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, there will be occasions when the Services will be interrupted for maintenance, upgrades and emergency repairs or due to failure of telecommunications links and equipment that are beyond the control of CivicEngine. We will use reasonable commercial efforts to minimize such disruption where it is within the reasonable control of CivicEngine. You agree that neither CivicEngine nor the Client will be liable to you for any unavailability, modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Services. You are responsible for obtaining access to any Services and that access may involve third party fees (such as Internet service provider or airtime charges). You are responsible for those fees, including those fees associated with the display or delivery of advertisements. In addition, you must provide and are responsible for all equipment necessary to access the Services.
1.2. Registration. You may access certain online features of the Services through your account on the Site (your "Account"). You may log into your Account using a unique username and password. You are responsible for safeguarding your password and you agree not to disclose your password to any third party. You are solely responsible for any activities or actions taken under your username, whether or not you have authorized such activities or actions. You agree that the information that you provide to CivicEngine about yourself upon registration of your Account, and at all other times, ("Customer Data") will be true, accurate, current and complete, and you further agree that you will maintain and promptly update the Customer Data to ensure that it remains true, accurate, current and complete. You may not impersonate any other person or use a username or password that you are not authorized to use. CivicEngine reserves the right to require you to change your password for any reason at any time. If you become aware of any unauthorized use of your Account, you agree to notify CivicEngine immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1.3. Site License. Subject to these Terms, CivicEngine grants you a personal, limited, revocable, non-exclusive and non-transferable license to access and use the Site and Services. This license is exclusive to you and you may not sublicense the use of the Site. CivicEngine expressly retains all ownership rights, title and interest in and to all aspects of the Services and the Site, including, but not limited to, all current and future patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, know-how, and other proprietary rights included or embodied in the Site. You may not modify the Site, create derivative works of the Site, or reverse engineer, reverse compile, reverse assemble or do any other operation with the Site that would reveal any source code, trade secrets, know-how or other proprietary information. This license shall not be construed or interpreted as granting or providing rights to you to use, reproduce, modify, distribute, perform, display, possess or control the source code or any other aspect of the Site. You may not remove or modify any notice of confidentiality, trade secret, trademark or copyright encoded or embodied in the Site or displayed by, on, or in the Site. You may use the Site only while these Terms remain in effect. Under no circumstances shall you have any rights of any kind in or to the Site after any termination or expiration of your agreement to these Terms for any reason.
By providing your phone number, you authorize CivicEngine, the Client, and their respective partners to contact you, by voice call, text message, or otherwise at the telephone or mobile number provided even if your phone number is listed on any national or state "Do Not Call" list. Message and data rates may apply. You understand that consent is not a condition using the Service.
From time to time, we may present you with the opportunity to upload information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, or other materials ("Content") to the Site. CivicEngine does not claim ownership rights in any such Content that you make available, but by submitting your Content you grant CivicEngine a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable right and license, with the right to sublicense through multiple levels of sublicensees to reproduce, create derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, digitally transmit, and otherwise use the Content in any medium or format, whether now known or hereafter discovered. You represent and warrant to CivicEngine that you are the owner of the copyright to the Content or that you have written permission from the copyright owner to use such Content. In addition, you warrant that all moral rights in any Content have been waived. You agree to indemnify and hold CivicEngine harmless for any violation of this provision. While CivicEngine does not and cannot review all material on the Site, CivicEngine reserves the right to remove, delete, move, or edit Content that it, in its sole discretion, deems abusive, defamatory, obscene, in violation of the law, including but not limited to copyright or trademark law, or otherwise unacceptable. CivicEngine will not be liable for the Content of any submission.
Although we may make software, hyperlinks, and other products of third-party companies available to you, your use of such products is subject to the respective terms and conditions imposed by the third party owning, manufacturing or distributing such products, and the agreement for your use will be between you and such third party. CivicEngine makes no warranty with regard to the products or websites of any other entity. CivicEngine has no control over the content or availability of any third-party software or website. In particular, (a) CivicEngine makes no warranty that any third-party software you download or web site you visit will be free of any contaminating or destructive code, such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses and (b) it is your responsibility to become familiar with any web site's privacy and other policies and terms of service, and to contact that site's webmaster or site administrator with any concerns.
Third-party software includes, but is not limited to:
CivicEngine reserves the right to suspend or terminate your access to and use of the Site and Services, at any time, without notice, for any reason, including but not limited to (a) your breach of these Terms, or any other policies or guidelines set forth by CivicEngine, or (b) conduct that CivicEngine or the Client believes is harmful to other users of the Site or Services, or the business of CivicEngine or other third party information providers. Further, you agree that CivicEngine and the Client shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the Site or Services. CivicEngine reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Services (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that CivicEngine or the Client shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Services.
THE SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. CIVICENGINE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE OR SERVICES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. CIVICENGINE MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT THE SITE OR THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR FREE, THAT THE SITE OR OUR SERVERS ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, THAT THE SITE, INCLUDING THE SERVICES WILL BE AVAILABLE, OR THAT DATA ARE SECURE FROM UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS. CIVICENGINE MAKES NO WARRANTY REGARDING ANY SOFTWARE, GOODS, SERVICES, PROMOTIONS, OR THE DELIVERY OF ANY GOODS OR SERVICES, PURCHASED, ACCESSED OR OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE OR ADVERTISED THROUGH THE SITE. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION GIVEN BY CIVICENGINE, ITS EMPLOYEES OR AFFILIATES SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY.
8.1. Distribution of Content. You agree that you will not distribute any Content that: (a) is defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, or an invasion of a right of privacy of another person; is bigoted, hateful, or racially or otherwise offensive; is violent, vulgar, obscene, pornographic or otherwise sexually explicit; or otherwise harms or can reasonably be expected to harm any person or entity; (b) is illegal or encourages or advocates illegal activity or the discussion of illegal activities with the intent to commit them, including a submission that is, or represents an attempt to engage in, child pornography, stalking, sexual assault, fraud, trafficking in obscene or stolen material, drug dealing and/or drug abuse, harassment, theft, or conspiracy to commit any criminal activity; (c) infringes or violates any right of a third party including any copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary or contractual rights, right of privacy (specifically, you must not distribute another person's personal information of any kind without their express permission) or publicity, or any confidentiality obligation; (d) is commercial, business-related or advertises or offers to sell any products, services or otherwise (whether or not for profit), or solicits others (including solicitations for contributions or donations); (e) contains a virus or other harmful component, or otherwise tampers with, impairs or damages the Site or any connected network, or otherwise interferes with any person or entity's use or enjoyment of the Site; (f) does not generally pertain to the designated topic or theme of the Site; (g) violates any specific restrictions applicable to a public forum, including its age restrictions and procedures; or (h) is antisocial, disruptive, or destructive, including "flaming," "spamming," "flooding," "trolling," and "griefing" as those terms are commonly understood and used on the Internet.
8.3. Monitoring. We cannot and do not assure that other users are or will be complying with the foregoing Rules of Conduct or any other provisions of these Terms, and, as between you and us, you hereby assume all risk of harm or injury resulting from any such lack of compliance.
CivicEngine hereby notifies you that all the information, content, image files, software and materials on the Site may be protected by U.S. and international copyright and other intellectual property laws and by other applicable laws, including privacy laws. CivicEngine is unable to provide you with permission to copy display or distribute material for which you do not own the copyright or other intellectual property rights. You may not copy or distribute such material without the written consent of the owner, and you are solely responsible for any copyright or other intellectual property law violations that you may incur as a result of your activities on the Site. CivicEngine has the absolute right to terminate your account or exclude you from the Site if you use our Services to violate the intellectual property rights or other rights of third parties. You agree to indemnify and hold CivicEngine harmless for any violation of this provision.
10.1. You agree to indemnify, and hold CivicEngine, the Client, and the officers, directors, employees and agents of each, harmless from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses, including without limitation reasonable attorney's fees and costs, arising out of or in any way connected with (a) your access to or use of the Site or Services; (b) your violation of these Terms; (c) your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any intellectual property right or any publicity, confidentiality, property or privacy right; or (d) any claim that your use of the Site or Services caused damage to a third party.
10.2. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SITE OR SERVICES AND ANY RELIANCE UPON EITHER IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK, THAT YOU ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ALL NECESSARY SERVICING OR REPAIRS OF ANY EQUIPMENT YOU USE IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SITE OR SERVICES. YOU AGREE THAT, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL CIVICENGINE OR THE CLIENT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, USE, IMAGES, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLES, EVEN IF CIVICENGINE OR THE CLIENT HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR THE SERVICES, FROM ANY CHANGES TO THE SITE OR THE SERVICES OR FROM UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR CONTENT. YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT DOWN-TIME AND COMPUTER VIRUSES ARE RISKS INHERENT IN THE USE OF THE INTERNET AND SOFTWARE PRODUCTS, AND YOU AGREE TO ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY HARM OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM THESE POSSIBLE HARMS. YOU ALSO SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU MAY BE DISCLOSING SENSITIVE, PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOURSELF IN YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND THE SERVICES AND YOU AGREE TO ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY HARM OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM YOUR RELEASE OF SUCH CONTENT.
10.3. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE SITE OR THE SERVICES OR WITH ANY OF THESE TERMS, OR FEEL CIVICENGINE HAS BREACHED THESE TERMS, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SITE AND THE SERVICES. THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF CIVICENGINE TO YOU FOR ANY CLAIM ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OR USE OF THE SITE OR THE SERVICES SHALL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU FOR THE SERVICES, IF ANY. IT IS THE INTENTION OF YOU AND CIVICENGINE THAT THIS PROVISION BE CONSTRUED BY A COURT AS BEING THE BROADEST LIMITATION OF LIABILITY CONSISTENT WITH APPLICABLE LAW.
10.4. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER TYPES OF DAMAGES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
11.1. Modification. CivicEngine may modify these Terms at any time. Modifications become effective immediately upon your first access to or use of the Site or Services after the "Last Revised" date at the top of these Terms. If you have created an Account, we shall notify you of any material changes to these Terms by email sent to the address you have provided to CivicEngine for your Account. Your continued access to or use of the Site or Services after the modifications have become effective will be deemed your conclusive acceptance of the modified Terms. If you do not agree with the modifications, do not access or use the Site or Services.
11.2. Applicable Law and Dispute Resolution. These Terms shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois without giving effect to any conflict of laws principles that may require the application of the law of another jurisdiction. If you believe that CivicEngine has not adhered to these Terms, please contact us by e-mail at email@example.com. We will do our best to address your concerns. If you feel that your complaint has been addressed incompletely, we invite you to let us know for further investigation. If you and CivicEngine are unable to reach a resolution to the dispute, you and CivicEngine will settle the dispute exclusively under the rules of the American Arbitration Association (www.adr.org) at its Chicago, Illinois office. Any election to arbitrate by one party will be final and binding on the other. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT IF EITHER PARTY ELECTS TO ARBITRATE, NEITHER PARTY WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO SUE IN COURT OR HAVE A JURY TRIAL. You and CivicEngine agree that any arbitration will be limited to the dispute between CivicEngine and you individually. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU AND CIVICENGINE ARE EACH WAIVING THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS ACTION OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both you and CivicEngine otherwise agree in writing, an arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person's claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of any class or representative proceeding. Regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to the use of the Site or the Services or these Terms must be brought, if at all, within one year from the accrual of the claim or cause of action or be forever barred.
11.3. No Resale of Services. You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of the Services, use of the Services, or access to the Services.
11.4. Independent Contractors. No joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and CivicEngine as a result of these Terms or use of the Site or the Services.
11.5. Enforcement. If any legal action is brought to enforce these Terms, the prevailing party will be entitled to reimbursement of its attorneys' fees, court costs, and other collection expenses, in addition to any other relief it may receive from the other party.
11.6. Force Majeure. CivicEngine will not be liable by reason of any failure or delay in the performance of its obligations hereunder on account of strikes, shortages, riots, insurrection, fires, flood, storm, explosions, acts of God, war, governmental action, labor conditions, earthquakes, material shortages or any other cause which is beyond CivicEngine's reasonable control.
11.7. Waiver. The failure of CivicEngine to enforce any right or provision in these Terms will not constitute a waiver of such right or provision unless acknowledged and agreed to by CivicEngine in writing.
11.8. Construction. The headings of Sections of these Terms are for convenience and are not to be used in interpretation.
11.9. Contact. CivicEngine is located in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Any questions, comments or suggestions, including any report of violation of these Terms should be provided to the Administrator as follows:
By E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Postal Mail: 1626 N. Honore St., Chicago, IL 60622
11.10. Entire Agreement. These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and CivicEngine and govern your use of the Site and the Services, superseding any prior agreements between you and CivicEngine. The failure of CivicEngine to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, you and CivicEngine nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of these Terms shall remain in full force and effect.