Our Programs Make a Difference
In communities nationwide, officials use bureaucracy to erect barriers to the ballot. All Voting is Local’s fight to remove those obstacles has secured victories and called out unfair practices to in an effort to achieve voting that is free, fair and accessible to all.
With 234,000 Wisconsin at risk of being removed from voter registration lists, we’re fighting back with plans to contact voters by text, and phone to urge them to check and update their registrations. Voter purges cause disproportionate harm to the very voters who have long been disenfranchised: people of color, low income voters and those who move frequently. Every Wisconsin voter should be counted.
With partners, our team urged Philadelphia City Commissioners urging to inform voters about widespread polling place changes throughout the city — decisions made just days before the November 5, 2019 municipal election. Late-breaking polling place closures are not simply a matter of logistics. Rather, they can result in long lines, transportation hurdles, and mass confusion about where eligible voters may cast their ballot.
Joining Forces with Native American Tribes to Fight Voting Barriers
In Arizona, we’re teaming up with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona to fight for expanded access to the ballot from registration to early voting to Election Day. Statewide, more than 70 percent of the population votes by mail. But that change doesn’t benefit Arizonans equally. Consider that only 26% of Native Americans live on a U.S. Postal Service route, which makes it more difficult to receive and vote by mail.
Our National Campaign Director Hannah Fried testified before the House Administration Committee’s Subcommittee on Elections to urge Congress to remove pervasive discrimination in voting nationwide like polling place closures, burdensome photo ID requirements and wrongful voter purges.
Getting 60,000 Vulnerable Ohio Voters Back on the Rolls
In 2018, our campaign sent text messages to 384,444 voters in Ohio who were already in the pipeline to be purged. Of the voters we contacted, 62,479 people updated their registration and cast a ballot on Election Day.
Working with Local Officials and HBCU Students to Empower Voters
When voters cast a ballot, it should count. Our report, Rejected: How the Provisional Ballot System in Franklin County, Ohio Fails Voters found Black, low-income, and young voters were far more likely to cast provisional ballots in the 2018 general election – and too many of those votes never got counted. Our Ohio team urged county officials to fund poll worker training and voter education so all voices can be heard.
Strict ID rules cause confusion for voters and long lines. In 2011, Wisconsin lawmakers passed one of the most restrictive voter ID laws in the nation, but, since then, haven’t taken meaningful steps to educate voters on how to comply with the law. We filled that void in 2018 with a voter education campaign to help voters get IDs and to arm people with information to ensure their voices are heard.