South Florida Sun Sentinel: Coronavirus is generating a surge of interest in voting by mail in the 2020 presidential election. It’s not a panacea.

Hannah Fried, national campaign director of All Voting is Local, a campaign affiliated with the the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and other civil rights organizations said expanded access to vote by mail would help every voter to vote. But, Fried said, it isn’t a solution by itself. “It’s so critical to ensure in-person voting options for people this year and not just default to vote by mail. It’s also why it’s so important for state and local elections officials to undertake widespread aggressive voter education campaigns."

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Talking Points Memo: Ohio Governor, Secretary Of State Split Over Restrictive Primary Voting Bill

Mike Brickner, Ohio director for All Voting is Local, condemned the legislature’s plan. He predicted that county boards of elections would be flooded with absentee ballot requests, an issue compounded by their operating with a “skeleton staff.” He added that even if LaRose gets the postcards out to voters by the first week of April — a best-case “breakneck speed” scenario — unless the postal service, overwhelmed elections board and voters act quickly and completely accurately, many ballots will likely blow the deadline.

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Politico: Ohio to run all-mail primary through April 28

Voting rights groups immediately expressed concern over the new primary, arguing that it disenfranchised voters. “The April 28 deadline is unworkable,” tweeted Mike Brickner, the Ohio state director of the group All Voting is Local. “It will take time to print & send out postcards to 7.2 million Ohioans. Every piece of mail typically takes 3-5 days. Not sending an app directly to voters draws out already tight timeline.”

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WORT FM: State Faces Unusual Election Circumstances

Shauntay Nelson, Wisconsin State Director of All Voting Is Local, says one of those measures would be to waive the requirement that a witness sign an absentee ballot. “I think about people who are living alone. I have a colleague who is living alone. He does not have another adult in his home, but we have an order to stay at home,” Nelson says. “My thought process is [that] if he was a person who was sick or quarantined, then how does he cast a ballot if he needs someone basically to vouch for him. So, without trying to or being intentional, I think the process inherently disenfranchises that individual.”

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Shelterforce: Reaching Out to Voters in the Justice System

Mike Brickner, the head of the Ohio arm of All Voting is Local, organizes dozens of initiatives, call-ins, town halls, and voting drives a year, but he recalls being especially moved during a 2018 sign-up visit to the Painesville jail in Lake County, just northeast of Cleveland. That year in Ohio, a proposal to reduce criminal penalties for drug crimes and channel more money into rehabilitation and mental health treatment was on the ballot.

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