“It’s been kind of the opposite of smooth,” said Mike Brickner, the Ohio state director of All Voting is Local, an organization aimed at voter access. “I’ve been joking with people that the last month or so has felt like the longest five years of my life.”
"It's been kind of the opposite of smooth," said Mike Brickner, the Ohio state director of All Voting is Local, an organization aimed at voter access. "I've been joking with people that the last month or so has felt like the longest five years of my life."
Voting rights group All Voting Is Local says 1.5 million Ohioans have requested absentee ballots so far this year – about half the number who voted in the last presidential primary four years ago. “In 2016, we had a little over 3 million people who voted in the primary election,” says spokesman Mike Brickner. “For the 2020 election thus far, we are looking at about only 1.5 million people who have either cast an early ballot or requested an absentee ballot since we extended the time.
Mike Brickner, the Ohio state director of All Voting Is Local, an advocacy group run by The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, fears that “we could end up back where we were before 2016, when few to no people in jail had a practical right to vote.” Before the pandemic, he said, the administrators of the Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland had been very open to expanding ballot access to people behind bars there, seeing it as a way to remind them that they are still part of the social contract even while awaiting trial.
PHILADELPHIA – All Voting is Local welcomes Scott Seeborg as its new Pennsylvania State Director. In this capacity, Scott will lead the charge for effectuating All Voting is Local’s mission to expand voting rights in Pennsylvania, developing strategies to remove barriers between Pennsylvanians and the ballot box.
“For communities — and this is true for African American voters — that have higher rates of moving and lower rates of voter-by-mail usage, [election officials] need to be figuring out how to reach voters, and not looking for ways to, frankly, cut corners and in turn cut people out of the process,” said Hannah Fried, the national campaign director of the advocacy group All Voting Is Local.