All Voting is Local State Leaders Urge Voter-Focused Election Reforms During 2021 Legislative Period
WASHINGTON – In op-eds for Talking Points Memo, the Arizona Republic, Cleveland.com, Nevada Independent, Tampa Bay Times - and an accompanying Spanish version in the Orlando Sentinel - All Voting is Local Pennsylvania, Arizona, Ohio, Nevada, and Florida state directors share lessons learned from the 2020 general election—with firsthand accounts of how changes spurred by the pandemic affected voters—and urge officials to fix outdated voting systems and expand access to the ballot.
“Anytime you have invitations going out from leadership, you’re going to run into potential inequities, especially not only the nonprofit, advocacy-oriented lobby corps, but also the public,” Brad Ashwell, Florida state director of All Voting is Local, said in a phone interview. “A lot of constituency groups bus up members during session.” Logistics could also pose a problem, Ashwell said. Lobbyists could find it difficult to attend a House committee meeting in the Capitol shortly before or after making a virtual appearance at a Senate panel from the civic center. “This disconnect between what the House and Senate are doing is concerning to me. They need to be on the same page,” Ashwell said.
Voting Rights Advocates Call on Georgia Counties to Prioritize COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness Plans
ATLANTA — All Voting is Local Georgia, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and Fair Fight Action, urged all county commissioners in Georgia to work with county elections officials to draft and publicly release COVID-19 preparedness plans.
CLEVELAND — All Voting is Local Ohio State Director Kayla Griffin issued the following statement in response to the recent ruling by the Court of Common Pleas in Franklin County affirming multiple ballot drop boxes are allowed in each county, which Ohio’s Secretary of State Frank LaRose has already appealed.
TALLAHASSEE - All Voting is Local Florida and leading voting rights advocates today urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to use his executive authority to expand early voting, increase the use of ballot drop boxes and allow more time for mail-in ballots to be counted to ensure Floridians can safely and securely vote in the November 3 general election.
Press Call: Elected Leaders, Voting Rights Experts Urge Allegheny County to Develop Emergency Plan for November Election
Pittsburgh, PA--On Wednesday, September 2, at 2:30 PM EST, All Voting is Local and other community organizations including SEIU Healthcare PA, SEIU 32BJ, Pittsburgh United, Casa San Jose, Just Harvest, Circles Greater Pittsburgh, Alliance for Police Accountability, as well as national groups will host a virtual press briefing to call on Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Elections Division Manager David Voye, and the Allegheny County Board of Elections to immediately publish and implement a plan that includes satellite county offices, drop boxes, hazard pay for poll workers, and efficient levels of Election Day polling places.