FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OPEN PROGRESS CONTINUES TO HELP ALABAMIANS DESPITE THE ALABAMA SECRETARY OF STATE'S RECKLESS COMMENTS

Open Progress is aware of the Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill’s statement that Open Progress has distributed messages telling eligible voters that they are not registered to vote.  These statements are false and reckless, and risk causing more confusion than the Secretary of State’s office has already caused by placing hundreds of thousands of voters on “inactive” status.

Open Progress has sent the Secretary the following letter setting the record straight.  What it is important for Alabama Voters to know is that they still have time – up until 11:59pm tonight – to register to vote or update their voter registration online on the Secretary of State’s website.  Voters can contact Open Progress by sending an email to [email protected] to have a one-on-one conversation with a real person to answer questions about the registration process.  We have volunteers standing by up until tonight’s deadline.  Voters who are eligible also have until December 7 to request an absentee ballot, and all other voters should make sure they have a plan to vote in the special election on Tuesday, December 12.  Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm on Election Day. 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OPEN PROGRESS APPLIES WINNING STRATEGIES TO REGISTER VOTERS FOR ALABAMA SPECIAL ELECTION

November 21, New York, NY - Open Progress is applying its winning techniques and technology to the upcoming December 12th Special Election for the US Senate in Alabama.

 Undoing the damage for a 25-year voter in Alabama

Undoing the damage for a 25-year voter in Alabama

“December 12th is a crucial moment for Alabama,” said Elizabeth Haynes, Co-founder of Open Progress. “The actions by the Secretary of State’s office have led to thousands of Alabama voters being marked ‘inactive’ when, in fact, they vote - and vote regularly.  No voter regardless of political party should feel singled out or intimidated by unnecessary paperwork at the polls on Election Day.  But, these ‘inactive’ voters will.  We want to fix this for these voters now, before the November 27 registration deadline.  It’s urgent that all voters who wish to vote can and can do so without fear on December 12.”

Supporting voter registration is a top priority of Open Progress, which seeks to minimize the influence of money in government and politics. Expanding the electorate and helping all voters vote is a key plank of how Open Progress believes the corrupting power of money can be offset in the United States.

Open Progress and a team of 800+ volunteers are donating their time and energy to reach out via text message to all voters marked inactive so that their registration information can be updated and their status changed to active prior to the December 12th special election. All of the funding behind Open Progress’ Alabama outreach program is donated, with the average donation being $25.

Open Progress knows the power of person-to-person texting, as volunteers in the Open Progress and OPro LLC Text Troop sent over 1.2 million text messages in support of 51 Virginia House of Delegates candidates as well as Mark Herring for Attorney General this year.

Donations in support of our Alabama Voter Registration campaign can be made here bit.ly/DonateAlabamaOP

About Open Progress

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