On National Voter Registration Day, Reaching Americans After The Storm, Hannah Fried & Alexis Prieur L'Heureux, ACS Blog (9/25/2017)
Nonprofit group files records request for info about Florida online voter registration, Kirby Wilson, Tampa Bay Times (9/20/2017)
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.
As Deadline Nears, Access Democracy Requests Information on Status of Florida’s Online Voter Registration Implementation (9/20/2017)
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.
Voter Suppression in the Mirror and Looking Forward, Miles Rapoport, The American Prospect (8/7/2017)
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.
Match site launches for progressive lawyers and non-profits, Edward-Isaac Dovere, Politico (7/28/2017)
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.
Access Democracy supports Amendment to Restore Funding to Election Assistance Commission (7/12/2017)
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.
Access Democracy signs onto letter opposing Pence-Kobach commission data request (7/6/2017)
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.
When We Talk About 2016, Let's Talk About This, Hannah Fried, Medium (6/26/2017)
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.
Florida inspired new group focused on improving how elections are run, Adam Smith, Tampa Bay Times (6/26/2017)
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?"
Tampa Bay Times highlights the launch of Access Democracy.