Who We Are
Kim joins Power the Vote from Covington & Burling LLP, where she was Special Counsel in the Commercial Litigation group. During the 2020 election cycle, Kim was Deputy Director of Voter Protection at the Democratic Party of Georgia, where she led the ballot monitoring program.
Saira Amir Draper
Saira Amir Draper is an Atlanta-based voting rights activist and former litigator. Saira has worked in voter protection in Georgia since 2018 and served as the Georgia Director of Voter Protection at the Democratic Party of Georgia, Biden for President, and the 2021 Senate Runoff that resulted in Senators Warnock and Ossoff giving control of the U.S. Senate to the Democrats. She began her legal career in commercial litigation and later served as a civil rights litigator at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Jamil is an experienced litigator and former accountant who has been involved with voter protection since 2018. Jamil was Deputy Director of Voter Protection with the Democratic Party of Georgia in 2020. Alongside being an attorney, he regularly speaks on voting rights, volunteers with local organizations, and mentors high school and college students in his native Atlanta. He is a graduate of Howard University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
Jason worked as a diplomat in a dozen countries ranging from Afghanistan to Uganda. As an Obama appointee at the State Department, he oversaw conflict prevention operations around the world. Concerned about democracy at home, in 2017 he pivoted to domestic issues, first as economic advisor to Oregon’s Governor and later as Deputy Director of Voter Protection for the Democratic Party of Georgia.
U.S. Representative Colin Allred
U.S. Representative Don Beyer
U.S. Representative Carolyn Bourdeaux
U.S. Representative Veronica Escobar
U.S. Representative Andy Kim
U.S. Representative Teresa Leger Fernandez (NM-3)
U.S. Representative Stephanie Murphy
U.S. Representative Katie Porter
Manny Diaz is Chair of the Florida Democratic Party and a partner at Lydecker Diaz law firm. He was Mayor of Miami from 2001 to 2009.
Michael Kramer is Of Counsel at Buckley Beal LLP, and a leading Georgia labor and employment lawyer. He was formerly General Counsel to the Georgia Association of Educators, and in that role drafted Georgia’s “Whistleblower Act," adopted by the Georgia General Assembly. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, University of California Davis Law School, and Emory University’s Executive MBA program.
Dr. Adrienne Jones
Dr. Jones is an expert on voting rights and is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Morehouse College, where she teaches American politics, race, and law while also serving as the Pre-Law Director. Dr. Jones received her JD-PhD from Berkeley Law CUNY Graduate Center. Her doctoral dissertation is titled, The Voting Rights Act Under Siege: The Development of the Influence of Colorblind Conservatism on the Federal Government and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Jeremy Smith is Co-Founder and CEO of Civitech, a Texas-based public benefit corporation that builds data tools for progressive candidates and causes. Jeremy is a West Point graduate and Marshall scholar and served five years in the Army as an Engineer and Special Operations officer. In 2016, Jeremy managed the Clinton campaign’s voter registration and voter protection operations in Florida. He later founded the nonprofit Register2Vote in Texas to counter the voter suppression laws limiting voter registration efforts in the state.
David Worley is a member of Evangelista Worley, LLC, in Atlanta, specializing in complex civil fraud litigation. For 17 years, he was the Democratic representative on the Georgia State Election Board and was formerly Chair of the Georgia Democratic Party and member of the Democratic National Committee. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Virginia Law School.
What Is Voter Protection
Voter protection works to ensure that every eligible voter is able to have their voice heard.
Year-round, voter protection teams develop relationships with state and local election officials and use those relationships to expand voter access and resolve large-scale voting issues. Voter protection teams are experts in the legal rules and practical realities around voting in their state, and serve as an educational resource to the party, grassroots activists, and voters. Voter protection teams also mobilize to fight voter suppression laws and voter purges.
During the election cycle, voter protection teams mobilize thousands of volunteers to build out poll watching and hotline programs, to help voters with rejected absentee and provisional ballots, and to ensure that voting counts are accurate and that wins are certified!
Where Your Donations Go
Donations to Power the Vote will fund our mission to support voter protection organizing staff in our target states: Georgia, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and Arizona.
Why Partner With Us
No One Else Is Doing This Work, This Way.
We are the only non-profit organization whose mission is to make sustained investments in permanent, year-round voter protection teams. Our work complements that of groups that register and mobilize voters by focusing on the “last mile” of voting: ensuring every voter can vote, every vote is counted, and every win is certified. We bring proven, hands-on experience, having done the work in Georgia.
We Make Every Dollar Count.
Modest early investment in voter protection delivers huge returns in elections. It requires no big ad buys, no expensive technology, and leverages a small cadre of experienced professionals mobilizing armies of high-capacity volunteers. And when voter protection crises emerge, they can be resolved through relationships with election officials and stakeholders, rather than resorting first to expensive litigation.
We’re Reimagining Voter Protection.
Voter protection sends a powerful message: Democratic values are American values. This resonates with voters and energizes volunteers. It’s time for voter protection to be at the forefront of Democratic organizing and messaging — before, during, and after the election cycle.
How You Can Get Involved
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