PHOENIX — All Voting is Local Arizona Campaign Manager Rosemary Avila issued the following statement urging the Arizona Senate to vote against SB1485 and, if passed, Gov. Doug Ducey to veto the bill, which would remove more than 100,000 voters from the state’s Permanent Early Voting List.
TALLAHASSEE - All Voting is Local Florida state director Brad Ashwell issued the following statement urging the Legislature to reject Senate Bill 90 and House Bill 7041, which would severely reduce Floridians’ access to request and return vote by mail ballots:
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The forum is scheduled to include Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried; Miami-Dade Democratic Sen. Annette Taddeo, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections; and representatives of Equal Ground Action Fund, Disability Rights Florida, the League of Women Voters of Florida, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, Black Voters Matter, All Voting is Local, and many others.
“This is the best version of the bill yet. But it’s important to remember that none of this is necessary. It’s a reaction to voter turnout,” Brad Ashwell, state director of All Voting is Local, told The News Service of Florida on Tuesday.
Ashwell said the number of Black voters who cast ballots by mail in Florida last year doubled — to more than 500,000 — from 2016 and 2018. Black voters also cast 11.4 percent of all vote-by-mail ballots in Florida in 2020, compared to 8.9 percent in 2016, he said.
“There’s no need for this bill. It’s very much designed to reinforce that national narrative that we have problems with our voting systems for the sake of justifying barriers to voting,” Ashwell said.
PITTSBURGH— All Voting is Local - Pennsylvania Director of Special Projects Aerion Abney issued the following statement in response to today’s Allegheny County Board of Elections’ meeting where they announced that they will not be mailing every voter a ballot application, paying return postage for ballots, operating satellite early voting sites, nor authorizing additional drop boxes for the May 18 primary:
“Allegheny voters are being denied key options to cast their ballots that were available just six months ago.
LAS VEGAS — New data analysis by All Voting is Local Nevada, a member of the Let Nevadans Vote Coalition, revealed that the Nevada Legislature’s 2020 election reforms, such as mailing a ballot with prepaid return postage to every active, registered voter, helped increase turnout for every demographic group in the state, with Native American voters having the highest turnout of any group.