The education arm of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is teaming up with a voting rights group to increase voter turnout and fix polling problems that keep people from voting. The Leadership Conference Education Fund announced Wednesday that it’s partnering with Access Democracy...Read More
The Leadership Conference Education Fund today announced the expansion of its voting rights work through a new partnership with Access Democracy, a leading non-profit organization working to improve election administration. The collaborative effort aims to increase voter participation by improving how elections are run at the local level.Read More
We The Action, where Baker serves as executive director, is not unlike a dating website. “Except instead of two people finding love, it’s lawyers finding impactful work where they can feel like they’ve made a difference,” she said. The platform, which launched in July, connects attorneys who want to volunteer their time and expertise with nonprofits looking for help.
Hannah Fried, who served as the national director and deputy general counsel for voter protection on Clinton’s 2016 campaign, said We The Action has helped her new nonprofit, Access Democracy, review contracts and do legal research on state and federal election laws... “The help we’ve gotten has expended our capacity many times over and the quality of work has been really, really high, probably higher than we can pay for,”Read More
For four members of the Class of 2004, the 2016 presidential election was a turning point that led to profound changes in their work. Cortney Tunis ’04 left an executive search firm to become executive director of the nonprofit Pantsuit Nation. Michael Needham ’04, CEO of Heritage Action, is shepherding the lobbying arm of the Heritage Foundation through an unprecedented rise in influence. Hannah Fried ’04, who worked on voter protection for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, founded the nonprofit Access Democracy to address issues that impede voter participation. And Jon Lovett ’04 left TV writing and production to help launch Crooked Media, a news outlet that includes his podcasts “Pod Save America” and “Lovett or Leave It.” In the year and a half since the election, all four are influencing the landscapes in their respective fields.Read More
Protecting the vote is more important now than ever, as the Trump administration ramps up efforts to make it harder to vote. You can fight back by working to improve access to voting in your community. This guide covers actions you can take right now to change how elections are run, and make voting more accessible for every eligible person in your community. These are steps you can take today — they don’t require your state’s legislature to change any laws, or a court to issue a new ruling.Read More
Alexis Prieur L'Heurex joins The Great Battlefield podcast to talk about Access Democracy's work to ensure issues like long lines, broken voting machines, and poorly maintained voter rolls don't block access to the ballot.Read More
Access Democracy co-founders Hannah Fried and Alexis Prieur L'Heureux issued the following statement to mark the 15th Anniversary of the Help America Vote Act:Read More
The duplicitous nature of all those around Donald Trump becomes more evident every day. In the most recent example, a federal court forced Kris Kobach, vice chair of the Orwellian-themed “Election Integrity Commission,” to hand over documents related to his voter suppression efforts...
In contrast to the efforts of these deceptive actors, there are many groups forming to help protect the right to vote for all Americans. Access Democracy has a mission to fight for better access to the polls at a local level, recognizing that “issues like long lines, broken voting machines, and poorly maintained voter rolls block access to the ballot for millions of Americans — and they’re solvable.”Read More
September has been a terrible month for natural disasters in this country: wildfires lit up the Pacific Northwest; hurricanes battered southern states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and flooding from these storms inundated entire communities. More than 13 million Americans have experienced direct impacts from these powerful events.
What we’ve learned from previous major natural disasters is that once the immediate crisis passes, communities will face a long road to recovery -- and that includes rebuilding a community’s election systems.Read More
A non-profit voter rights advocacy group, Access Democracy, founded by two veterans of Democratic politics, Hannah Fried and Alexis Prieur L’Heureux, has requested records related to online voter registration from the state of Florida.
“With the implementation deadline just over a week away, we are concerned that Governor Scott and his administration may not be implementing the new system faithfully,” Fried said in a release.Read More
As the deadline approaches for Florida’s online voter registration system, Access Democracy, a new nonprofit organization working to fix local election administration problems to ensure all eligible Americans can vote, is requesting information on the status of the system’s implementation from the Florida Department of State.Read More
How much damage occurred in 2016, and what’s in store for 2018 and beyond? — Longtime democracy advocate Miles Rapoport highlights Access Democracy as a new group focusing on local advocacy around voting rights issues. Miles Rapoport discusses some of the legislative and administrative actions that affected voters in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan and looks ahead to some of the issues that will remain central into 2018 and 2020.Read More
Access Democracy is a featured organization of We the Action, a new online portal to connect lawyers with legal work waiting to be done, from reviewing leases and contracts to filing Social Security claims to heading to court in immigration cases. Through We the Action, non-profits are able to post the services they need, and search through online profiles created by attorneys detailing expertise and availability.Read More
Access Democracy joined a letter in support of an amendment to the financial services and general government appropriations bill that would restore funding for the Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The amendment, offered by Representative Quigley, would restore funding for the EAC in the President's FY18 budget. Currently, the legislation terminates the EAC entirely.Read More
Access Democracy joined over 200 national organizations in opposing the Pence-Kobach Commission’s request for sensitive voter data — a request that has already resulted in voter suppression — as thousands of voters ask to be removed from the voter rolls.Read More
Access Democracy co-founder Hannah Fried discusses some of the reasons why she and Alexis Prieur L'Heureux decided now was the time to answer the question they've asked themselves after every campaign they've worked: "How much more effective could we have been if we were working to expand access to the ballot year-round?"Read More
Tampa Bay Times highlights the launch of Access Democracy.Read More