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Issue One’s Faces of Democracy campaign welcomes new election officials

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Cory Combs

Director of Media Relations

In commemoration of Women’s History Month, Issue One is proud to welcome three new election officials to the growing Faces of Democracy campaign — a bipartisan group of nearly 50 election officials and poll workers united to protect and strengthen U.S. elections — as we celebrate the thousands of election administrators nationwide who keep our election free, fair, and secure, 80% of whom are women.

New members include:

  • Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico Secretary of State
  • Kathy Placencia, Director of Elections for Rhode Island
  • Tate Fall, Director of Elections for Cobb County, GA
  • Kristin Connelly, County Clerk for Contra Costa County, California

Since the campaign launched in 2022, Issue One has convened dozens of Faces of Democracy members in Washington, DC, to meet with members of Congress, the White House, Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security to discuss the importance of adequate, regular, and stable funding for local and state election officials.

Additionally, members including Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes and Pennsylvania Secretary of State Al Schmidt have testified before Congress about threats facing election administrators, and others have submitted written testimony to Congress calling on lawmakers to strengthen and invest in our nation’s election infrastructure. The addition of these three experienced women will bring more expertise and savvy to a group dedicated to the preservation of our electoral process.

“We are excited to welcome these election officials to our growing team,” said Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman. “This is a critical time in the history of our democracy, and the addition of these dedicated public servants who bring years of election expertise and passion for the process will further enhance our mission to defend the country’s critical election infrastructure and protect election workers in advance of the 2024 election and beyond.”

Learn more about Issue One’s Faces of Democracy campaign.