Jason Frierson
Former Speaker of the Assembly | Las Vegas, NV

Expanding Access to the Ballot Box

Idea Category: Defending Democracy


Our 2020 election cycle faced an unprecedented public health crisis that forced cities and states to act immediately to not only protect citizens’ right to vote but their health and safety while exercising that right. Last year, nearly half the nation voted by mail or absentee ballots. 


In Nevada, in the midst of a statewide shutdown, our Secretary of State and election officials worked around the clock to conduct a primary election by mail-- something that our state has never done. After the primary election, the state legislature passed emergency legislation to ensure mail-in ballots would be available in the general election as the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic still remained. With record voter turnout and an electorate eager for more options to cast their ballots, we passed legislation to make our emergency measures permanent. Now every single eligible voter will automatically receive a mail-in ballot for every local and state election

Ron Nirenberg | Mayor | San Antonio, TX


2023 Ideas Challenge Entry As part of the city’s broader violence prevention strategy, San Antonio...