FIRST IN SCORE — FLYING IN — Election workers from across the country are flying into the nation’s capital to beg Washington for two things that have vexed officials since the last election: security and funding. The advocacy group Issue One is kicking off its “Faces of Democracy” campaign by convening a bipartisan group of election officials to meet with members of Congress and the White House this week.
The campaign, which was shared first with Score, will arm election officials with a broad set of asks that many in the field have held for ages: A “significant and regular investment” in election infrastructure, new funding specifically for threat monitoring, more federal protections against threats and intimidation against election workers, more privacy protections — and a “bipartisan update” to the Electoral Count Act.
“Anyone who cares about preserving our freedoms, particularly our leaders in Congress, should pay attention and support these individuals with the tools and resources they need to keep the machinery of our democracy running,” Dokhi Fassihian, deputy chief of strategy and program at Issue One, said in a statement.
Some of the names participating in the campaign will sound familiar. The list includes Al Schmidt, the former Republican Philadelphia city commissoner who testified in front of the Jan. 6 committee last week; Amber McReynolds, a President Joe Biden appointee to the United States Post Office’s board of governors and a former Denver, Colo., election official; and Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Leigh Chapman, among others.
The push will also include a digital adfeaturing election officials pushing for more support from D.C. that will run on the sites of “major news outlets” as well.