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Who we are

Integrity First Voter Action Project is a national voting rights clearinghouse dedicated to protecting and expanding voting rights, and expanding Vote By Mail in every state. We are organized and operate under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Since the Supreme Court gutted key provisions in the Voting Rights Act, extreme politicians have taken advantage to pass harsh laws that restrict access to the ballot box. These restrictions particularly affect disadvantaged communities and people of color. It’s our goal to bring awareness to these laws wherever they may crop up and organize voters to take action to ensure the right to vote is available to everyone in their states and communities.

VOTE BY MAIL

Given the onset and events of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for mail-in balloting has never been clearer. Voters shouldn’t have to choose between exercising their right to vote and protecting themselves and their families from sickness.

Before the pandemic struck the U.S., only five states—Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington—conducted their elections using a vote-by-mail system. Though all states allow voters to vote by mail in certain circumstances, before the pandemic 16 required voters to provide reasons for those preferences before their applications were approved. Those restrictions have been significantly relaxed since the onset of the pandemic, with many states actively working to expand options for at-home voting in an attempt to limit foot traffic at polling places. Other states, however, are refusing to budge in implementing or expanding Vote By Mail.

Even after a successful, safe, and fraud-free election in 2020, rules on mail-in voting remain in flux as states gauge both the success of voting regulation changes that enabled historic turnout and the vote suppressors’ desire to pick and choose the winners before ballots are even cast.

Voter Action Project will help advance Vote By Mail in states that have refused to implement or expand such voting.

OUR TEAM

Kyle Jarrett

Founder and President

Kyle has over a decade of experience managing digital media and fundraising programs for political and advocacy organizations, including national party committees and dozens of U.S. House, Senate, and Gubernatorial candidates. His passion for advancing voting rights led him to create Voter Action Project at this critical time when rights are being trampled on and action on all fronts is needed.

Kyle is a graduate of the University of Utah where he double majored in Political Science and Communications.

Michael Kanick

Executive Director and Vice President

Michael has spent the last two decades in the progressive political digital communications space on and off Capitol Hill, starting with his (then) home state U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and later serving as Digital Media Director for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). He has worked for several digital consulting firms specializing in electoral politics, non-profit advocacy and corporate-public affairs.

A graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego, Mike earned a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University.

Mary Baumgard

Vice President, Digital Strategy

Mary raised millions of dollars for Democratic campaigns and causes as a digital strategist with New Blue Interactive, specializing in helping state parties and progressive organizations create sustainable fundraising opportunities to power their work longterm. She got her professional start in politics working as a field organizer in southwest Colorado for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. She now works at Skillshare, an online community for creative learning, as their Email Marketing Manager.

Her digital fundraising work has been recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants, receiving the 2018 bronze award for Best Use of Email and the 2017 bronze award for Best Use of Social. Her current work is also featured on Really Good Emails.

Mary has her B.A. in Political Science from the College of Saint Benedict.

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