Voting Rights
  • DNC and Ohio Democratic Party File Motion To Permanently Maintain Final Weekend of Voting in Ohio

    Today the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party filed a motion for summary judgment in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio requesting to permanently maintain the early voting days and hours during the three days before Election Day for all eligible Ohioans. After filing the motion, the DNC and ODP released the following joint statement:

    “Our principle in this motion is simple. The early voting process has served Ohio voters well for nearly a decade and expanded opportunity for all eligible voters to make their voices heard – including 96,000 who voted in the last three days before Election Day in 2012. We were successful in preserving early voting rights, including for military members and their families, and our goal is to achieve the same outcome for the 2014 election and beyond.”

  • DNC Voter Expansion Project Announces Texas and Ohio State Directors; Additional National Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Today DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced the hiring of four additional state and national staff for the Democratic Party’s newly-launched Voter Expansion Project. The new hires are: Sondra Haltom, Texas Voter Expansion Project State Director; Lindsay Langholz, Ohio Voter Expansion Project State Director; Bobby Hoffman, Deputy Director of Voter Expansion and Zara Haq, Director of Knowledge Management for Voter Expansion. Haltom and Langholz will work with both the DNC and their respective state parties.

    The hires follow a recent New York Times report detailing the Republican Party’s efforts to limit voting rights and a Monday release of a DNC video featuring Vice President Biden outlining the importance of the Voter Expansion Project.

    “The DNC brings unmatched institutional knowledge and experience in voter registration, engagement and protection,” said Wasserman Schultz. “With our state party partners, we have a national infrastructure and team of experts that no other organization can bring to bear. Voting laws are rapidly changing, and our Voter Expansion Project will make sure that Democrats – and all voters – across the country are able to exercise their right to vote and make their voices heard.”

    As the DNC and Democrats around the country seek to expand access to voting through the new Voter Expansion Project, Republicans continue their cynical attempt to make it more difficult for people to vote.

    “As Republicans continue to impede the right to vote, limit our access to the polls, and make it more difficult to cast a ballot, Democrats are fighting to expand the vote and increase access,” said Pratt Wiley, National Director of Voter Protection at the DNC. “Our team is building a professional and permanent, in-house operation that will remain in place from cycle to cycle for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot.”

    The Voter Expansion Project was first announced in a video by former President Bill Clinton to DNC supporters. This project helps ensure the Democratic Party not only protects the right to vote, but also works proactively with states across the country to expand access to the ballot box.


    Sondra Haltom, Texas Voter Expansion Project State Director
    Haltom has 15 years of experience working on election issues like ballot access, voter suppression prevention, redistricting and more. In December 2012, she founded Empower The Vote Texas (ETVT), a non-profit organization dedicated to voting rights and election reform issues. Prior to starting ETVT, Haltom served for seven years as the Political Director for the Texas Democratic Party where she built and led the TDP’s Voter Protection Program.

    Lindsay Langholz, Ohio Voter Expansion Project State Director
    Langholz comes to the Voter Expansion Project with years of experience protecting and expanding the vote in both Ohio and Tennessee.  Langholz will be responsible for educating voters and campaign staff on election law and working with election administrators to ensure they have the resources and training they need.  Langholz is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School.

    Bobby Hoffman, Deputy Director of Voter Expansion
    A veteran of both Obama presidential campaigns, Hoffman joins the DNC after leadership roles in the voter expansion program in Virginia in 2012 and 2013. Hoffman will be responsible for growth and development of the in-state voter expansion programs.  Hoffman is a graduate of Valparaiso University Law School.

    Zara Haq, Director of Knowledge Management for Voter Expansion
    Haq is a veteran of President Obama’s re-election campaign where she worked in the Chicago headquarters and later in Virginia.  Haq will be responsible for making permanent the DNC’s know-how and tools necessary to build and sustain the DNC’s in-state voter expansion programs.  Haq is a graduate of American University Law School.

  • DNC Response to Governor Christie at RNC Meeting

    Earlier today, Governor Christie spoke at a closed-press RNC meeting in Boston. While the theme of the RNC meeting is “Making it Happen” it’s clear that what Christie’s doing in New Jersey it isn’t working. “From economic growth to education funding and supporting women’s health programs, Chris Christie doesn’t have a record to run on – it’s a record to run from,” said DNC National Press Secretary Michael Czin. “The RNC wants to talk about ‘Making it Happen’ but at every level of government their policies are failing middle class Americans. From Republicans in Congress’ unwillingness to support commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship to Governor Christie’s abysmal record of job creation – the Republican Party is failing to lay out a positive vision that will help ensure a better bargain for middle class Americans.

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