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Voter.com cuts staff, reorganizes

The company trims its staff by more than 10 percent as part of a corporate restructuring.

Voter.com trimmed its staff by more than 10 percent Wednesday as part of a corporate restructuring.

The number of employees affected by the layoffs was in the "teens," company spokesman Michael Bustamante said. Effective immediately, the layoffs targeted redundant positions within the company, he said.

"By eliminating these positions, we're in a much better position," Bustamante said.

With the election over--if not decided--Voter.com is attempting to branch out beyond political coverage and information. The company plans to help companies and advocacy groups establish a political presence on the Web.

"We always believed that we couldn't support this strictly on elections," Bustamante said.

The job cuts at Boston-based Voter.com are only the latest in a long line of layoffs at Internet companies. Earlier this week, online broadcast network ON24 cut 15 percent of its staff, and Hispanic portal Quepasa.com laid off more than two-thirds of its work force.

The Voter.com job cuts are only the latest troubles for an election-themed Web site. Earlier this month, Politics.com put its domain name up for auction. In May, the creators of BetterVote.com were forced to sell their foundering Web site.

Before the job cuts, Voter.com employed 105 people. Voter.com also moved an unspecified number of its employees to different positions within the company, Bustamante said.

The layoffs are the second this year for Voter.com. The company laid off 11 employees, primarily from its marketing department, following the presidential conventions. The company later offset those layoffs by hiring 13 more employees.