A Law Connection, Lydia Wheeler, The Hill (03/13/18)
Election Results: Making the Political Personal, Josh Fischel, Williams Magazine (Spring 2018)
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,”
In partnership with Indivisible, Access Democracy launches voting rights guide (12/11/2017)
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.
Ensuring All Eligible Americans Can Vote with Access Democracy, The Great Battlefield Podcast (11/22/2017)
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.
Access Democracy Statement on the 15th Anniversary of the Help America Vote Act (10/29/2017)
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.
Trump’s “voter fraud” czar forced to reveal secret voter suppression memos, Dan Desai Martin, Shareblue Media (10/7/2017)
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:
On National Voter Registration Day, Reaching Americans After The Storm, Hannah Fried & Alexis Prieur L'Heureux, ACS Blog (9/25/2017)
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.”
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.