Ari Berman discusses how state governments across the country are working to modernize elections and protect voting rights. Progressives should continue to fight for ballot access in every state. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/03/all-of-a-sudden-voting-rights-are-expanding-across-the-country
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 20, 2017
Krishana Davis, email@example.com, (202) 383-8806
WASHINGTON, DC – America Votes launches Protect Voters Now!, a six-state voter protection and voter rights expansion project, calling for an end to restrictive and suppressive state measures on voting rights.
Protect Voters Now! is a direct response to combat the restrictive and suppressive measures on voting being introduced in states legislatures across the country by conservative elected officials emboldened by President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud following the 2016 presidential election.
“We will no longer tolerate these conservative attacks attempting to strip away the basic liberty in a free democracy – the fundamental right to vote,” said America Votes President Greg Speed. “America Votes and our partners are on the front lines in states defending voting rights and proactively advocating for positive election reforms.”
Speed said America Votes will serve as the central voting rights watchdog during the 2017 legislative session.
Protect Voters Now! is a strategic project designed to bolster legislative battles in six key states: Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, and New Mexico leveraging assets on the ground combining legislative advocacy, lobbying, grassroots organizing, litigation strategy and district level targeting to bring the full force of the progressive campaign coalition to fight for the right to vote.
Through Protect Voters Now!, America Votes is leading opposition to new conservative voter suppression laws introduced in Michigan and New Hampshire and working proactively to modernize election systems to expand voting access through new legislation and engagement with election officials.
America Votes is the coordination hub of the progressive community. We lead collaborative efforts among a diverse coalition of over 400 state and national partner organizations to advance progressive policies, win elections, and protect every American’s right to vote. Our organization works nationally and in more than 20 states to provide a range of services to our partners, including strategic planning, advocacy and electoral campaign coordination, data tools and targeting services, and on-the-ground leadership in key states. For more information about America Votes, visit our website at www.americavotes.org.
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