Vote.org Press Room

Last updated on August 31, 2021

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August 31, 2021 - Vote.org CEO Andrea Hailey on Disinformation & Division in our Democracy w/ #WokeAF Host Danielle Moodie-Mills


August 28, 2021 - Still Marching; In Commemoration of the 58th Anniversary of the March on Washington

In a nation built on enslaving Black people, that then ended formal slavery only to enshrine disparate treatment through Jim Crow segregation laws and the criminalization of Black lives and bodies, the March on Washington saw masses of Black Americans and many of their white allies coming together at an unprecedented scale to stand, peacefully but firmly, for justice.


VIDEO: Vote.org CEO, Andrea Hailey Discusses the Importance of the 58th Anniversary of the March on Washington in this current moment with MSNBC Live


Thousands expected in Washington, D.C., to march for voting rights

“One of the fears I have is that the idea of democracy itself is becoming a partisan idea,” said Andrea Hailey, CEO of Vote.org. She added that if the John Lewis Act does not pass the Senate, it would be "a great blow to our democracy."


August 25, 2021 - Vote.org Statement on U.S. House Passage of H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Members of the United States House of Representatives have successfully passed H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Now the Senate must act.


August 18, 2021 - Vote.org + When We All Vote Continue to Lead Corporate Engagement on the Urgent Need for Federal Voting Rights Legislation

Modern businesses cannot thrive without a free and fair democracy. Thank you to each business leader who joined our first corporate update call, identifying the nuances of current state and federal legislation, and what needs to be done to keep pressure on Congress to ensure the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act are passed.


August 11, 2021 - Vote.org Responds to Senate Refusal to Begin Debate on S 1., For the People Act

“Today Leader Schumer asked unanimous consent to begin debate on legislation that will help realize the promise of our democracy. A senator objected and blocked even a discussion on the For the People Act, and two separate provisions. said Andrea Hailey Vote.org, CEO. Despite this setback, Vote.org is committed as ever to the fight for our democracy by making certain every Americans sacred right to vote is protected and that the For the People Act becomes law.”


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.


November 5, 2020 - Pretty Much Every Celebrity Encouraged People to Vote This Year. Did It Work?

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.


October 27, 2020 - Why We Can’t Honor Our Ancestors Without Exercising The Rights For Which They Fought

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.


October 26, 2020 - Social Media Platforms Are Providing More Resources to Register Users to Vote

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.


July 24, 2020 - BuzzFeed - Jaden Smith And Common Are Partnering With One Of The Largest Voter Registration Orgs To Boost Turnout

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.


July 4, 2020 - Gen Z’s Protest Zeal Stirs Democratic Hopes for Energy at Polls

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.


May 12, 2020 - Harpers Bazaar - How the Coronavirus Pandemic Affects This Year's Elections

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.


April 27, 2020 - PRWeb - Vote.org Announces Partnership with NAACP Youth and College Division, Transformative Justice Coalition, Legal Defense Fund, and Indigenous Communities

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.


April 24, 2020 - BET - Vote.org Partners With The NAACP To Fight Voter Suppression In The Era Of COVID-19

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.


April 21, 2020 - Adweek - Life in Quarantine The Webby Awards Teams Up With Vote.org on Voter Registration Drive

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.


April 7, 2020 - Youtube, The Root, NAACP Youth & College - 5 Ways to Stay Civically Engaged During Coronavirus | The Root

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.


April 6, 2020 - NAN - National Action Network - How to Vote Safely in the Time of COVID-19

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.


April 1, 2020 - Latin Post - Voter Registration at Risk Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

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.


March 29, 2020 - New York Times - Tech Giants Prepared for 2016-Style Meddling. But the Threat Has Changed.

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.


March 29, 2020 - NBC News - Coronavirus cripples voter registration efforts. Millions could be denied.

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.


March 29, 2020 - Fortune - Isolated, but energized: Political activists make sure Americans register to vote—from a distance

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.


March 27, 2020 - The Kain Republican - Vote.org Launches New COVID-19 Site to Update Voters on Primary Delays

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.


March 27, 2020 - Yahoo Finance - Vote.org Launches New COVID-19 Site to Update Voters on Primary Delays

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


March 19, 2020 - The Verge - How to vote in your primary election while you stay indoors

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.


March 18, 2020 - Bloomberg Government - Virus Spurs Proposal Requiring States to Accept Mail-in Ballots

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.


January 24, 2020 - Desert News - Election Security - Trust issues: Will fear of interference affect the 2020 presidential election?

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.