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June 3, 2021 - The Time to Secure Voting Rights Is Now or Never
Yes! Magazine states that the For the People Act will help more Americans retain their voting rights, while the companion John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore and strengthen the federal oversight provisions stripped out of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by the 2013 Supreme Court case Shelby County v. Holder. “I think we’re at a key pivotal moment in time, and urgent moment in time for our democracy,” Vote.org CEO Andrea Hailey said. “There isn’t a clear path forward without securing the right to vote.”
May 4, 2021 - 3 Good Signs of Progress in the Voting Rights Fight
State legislatures are passing new restrictive voting laws, but there are silver linings too. “Most Americans want convenient access and protected access to the ballot box,” said Andrea Haley, CEO of voter engagement organization Vote.org. “The politicians are, for the most part, having to react to the fact that public sentiment just isn't there when it comes to restricting access.”
March 30, 2021 - Legacy of Jim Crow and Impact of Today's Push to Limit the Vote
Vote.org CEO Andrea Hailey made a guest appearance on NPR's All Sides with Ann Fisher to examine the legacy of Jim Crow and today’s efforts to limit who can cast a vote.
The cynics among us might see celebrities' get-out-the-vote efforts on social media as nothing more than empty gestures: self-serving, brand-building exercises that show their fans they're politically engaged without accomplishing much else. But according to Nora Gilbert, Vote.org's director of partnerships, all those posts made a difference.
November 3, 2020 - Vote.org CEO On What It Means to Be a 'Vote Friendly' Company
In this edition of "Bloomberg Equality," Andrea Hailey, Vote.org CEO joins Scarlet Fu to discuss the record voter enthusiasm and how companies are playing an unusually active role in this year's election by giving employees paid time off to vote.
For Vote.org CEO Andrea Hailey and her family, civic engagement has never been an optional activity. Today, as the first Black CEO of Vote.org, she's leading our efforts to make sure everyone votes.
Nora Gilbert, Vote.org’s director of partnerships, said that social media companies have realized they play a critical role in political discourse, and if they’re not promoting accurate information about voting and elections, they’re “part of the problem.”
October 24, 2020 - How Propel And Vote.org Helped Register 60,000 SNAP Beneficiaries To Vote
Vote.org teammed up with FreshEBT to register more than 60,000 SNAP recipients to vote, as well as help thousands of others apply for an absentee ballot and check their voter registration status.
October 23, 2020 - Paid Time Off, Free Fries: How Corporate America Is Getting Out the Vote
ElectionDay.org, sponsored by the nonprofit organization Vote.org, has gathered pledges from more than 800 companies promising employees paid time to vote.
October 22, 2020 - Opinion: A Member of Congress and a Doctor Have Voting Advice for You
The U.S. is conducting an election amidst a global pandemic. Before heading to the polls, voters should make a plan to cast their ballot safely. All of the information you need to make a plan can be found at Vote.org.
The group Vote.org has enlisted Common and Jaden Smith — two actors and rappers known for their political activism — and companies such as Twitter to signal-boost their message, beginning Tuesday, July 28, with the first of several #VoteReady days of action.
Nationwide demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd in police custody drove tens of thousands of young people to the streets. Now liberal activists have reason to believe they can channel that energy into votes for Joe Biden.
June 14, 2020 - Covid-19 Changed How We Vote. It Could Also Change Who Votes
In presidential election years, state driver licensing offices and registration drives generate a torrent of new voters. The pandemic has cut that to a trickle.
As ordinary life hovers in limbo while the coronavirus outbreak shuts down businesses, closes borders, depletes medical supplies, forces entire communities to self-isolate, and infects more than one million people across the world, U.S. electoral politics have also reached an impasse.
April 28, 2020 - The Hollywood Reporter - Vote.org Partners with the Webbys
THR scores a nom in the general website category, with Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Billie Eilish, Leonardo DiCaprio and Idris Elba among contenders for the awards recognizing the best of the internet.
Vote.org is proud to announce its partnership with the NAACP Youth and College Division, Transformative Justice Coalition, Campaign Legal Center’s Restore Your Vote Campaign, and Indigenous communities, to identify and combat threats of voter suppression, including those related to COVID-19, in this year’s election.
Although we are in the middle of a health crisis, it is still an election year and, for many, voting for the current occupant of the White House is just as crucial as staying safe during this pandemic. Vote.org is helping many Americans stay on top of all of the changes that are happening in regards to being able to vote effectively and safely. The organization has partnered with the NAACP Youth Coalition, Transformative Justice Coalition, Legal Defense Fund and Indigenous communities to identify any real threats of voter suppression that could easily derail our voice in 2020.
The Webby Awards is teaming up with Vote.org to turn its public voting process into a digital voter registration rally with the aim of drawing 5 million participants.
April 14, 2020 - Vice - How to Vote by Mail in All 50 States
States are scrambling to hold elections in a pandemic. You should be preparing to vote by mail.
COVID-19 has devastated the world and canceled or postponed schooling, sporting events and even our fave girl’s trip festival, but Tiffany Dena Loftin, director of the NAACP Youth & College Division, reminds us that it is our duty to continue to be civically engaged.
April 7, 2020 - Shondaland - What You Need to Know About Voting During COVID-19
If you thought the process of voting was already confusing during a normal election cycle, the coronavirus pandemic has brought a whole new wave of overwhelming changes to business as usual.
In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak, going to the polls in-person to vote to elect the Democratic Nominee is no longer a viable option for many Americans. With the democratic primaries well underway, each state that has not held a primary is left to respond quickly to the new environmental concerns.
April 2, 2020 - Elle - How Has COVID-19 Affected the 2020 Elections?
In a matter of months, the novel coronavirus has upended all aspects of daily life. We're spending our days traveling from our living rooms to our kitchens and back again, occasionally punctuated by a short walk outside or a quick trip to the grocery store. Sports are canceled, concerts are unthinkable, and even school and work are happening within the confines of our homes.
The Presidential election is the best time to bring new people into the political process; however, the coronavirus prevents new voter registration to be fulfilled.
The day after the New Hampshire primary last month, Facebook’s security team removed a network of fake accounts that originated in Iran, which had posted divisive partisan messages about the U.S. election inside private Facebook groups.
Presidential elections are typically prime time for bringing new people into the political process, but the coronavirus pandemic is making voter registration more difficult than ever, prompting concerns that many young Americans and other nonvoters might miss their chance to get onto the rolls before November.
As Americans heed scientific experts’ warnings to stay home and distance themselves from others amid the coronavirus pandemic, political campaigners and get-out-the-vote activists have been forced to close offices, cease door-to-door canvassing, and move to entirely online efforts.
In response to Americans' need for timely and accurate information, Vote.org's team of engineers built a page dedicated to COVID-19 election updates, directing voters to a state-by-state guide tracking latest deadlines and state health department-related guidelines. Thousands of visitors have accessed this guide over the past week, resulting in over fifty thousand requests for absentee ballots.
Vote.org Keeps Voters Apprised of Coronavirus' Impact on Primary Elections. Leveraging online and SMS platforms, Vote.org adds COVID-19 updates to its technology-enabled toolkit. Twitter: @votedotorg Instagram:@votedotorg Facebook: votedotorg
In some US states, absentee voting is reserved for people who will be out of town on election day, and those who physically can’t get to their polling station. The spread of the novel coronavirus might drastically change those policies in many states in the coming months, expanding them to include people who would rather vote by mail to avoid the risk of contracting the virus by voting in person.
Legislation proposed by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) would require states to allow all voters to vote by mail, with no excuse needed. The measure would help states pay for ballots, postage and equipment needed to set up emergency vote-by-mail. House Democrats also are considering action, said a spokesman for Rep. Zoe Lofgren(D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Committee on House Administration, which oversees election laws.
Ahead of the first presidential primary votes in Iowa, a majority of Americans are worried about disinformation and 41% say the country is not prepared to ensure November’s election will be safe and secure, according to a Marist College poll conducted in partnership with NPR and PBS News Hour. Democrats are more worried than Republicans.
October 29, 2019 - Fast Company - This is how we can make sure democracy lives up to its name
Too often, large swaths of the nation—including those in southern and rural areas, people of color, and young people—are left out of the get-out-the-vote conversation. However, members of these communities deserve to receive the same degree of information, marketing, and engagement that “high propensity voters” receive. Every vote counts, so we should talk to every voter.