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Greg Speed
Greg Speed currently serves as president of America Votes and America Votes Action Fund. He has a broad range of experience advancing progressive causes through leading advocacy organizations, grassroots programs, political campaigns, and as a senior staffer to Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill. From 2001-2002, he directed communications for the national Democratic redistricting project, IMPAC 2000.

Greg served as executive director of America Votes from 2007-2013, overseeing operations and coordination of independent programs throughout the 2008, 2010 and 2012 election cycles. He additionally serves on the boards of Priorities USA, ProgressNow, American Women and the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center.

America Votes leads coordination and strategy for 30 national and over 400 state progressive groups' advocacy and election campaigns, and advances voting rights through election reforms in the states. The coalition shares strategies and resources to maximize impact and ensure that progressive voter mobilization campaigns build lasting capacity. Visit for more information.

Entries by Greg Speed

Americans Should Push Back Against Voter Suppression Laws

(17) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 7:16 PM

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 -- a legislative landmark that enfranchised millions of African Americans and other minorities systematically excluded from participation in American democracy.

However, the VRA in place today -- or what's left of it -- lacks the full...

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What Nate Silver's Analysis Misses About 2016

(4) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 12:11 PM

Psychology matters in elections. Throughout my career I've seen how having confidence from start to finish impacts campaigns. Understanding your strengths puts the wind at your back. It emboldens candidates and allies, and energizes volunteers, donors and supporters. And it can set the stage for sweeping victories.

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Six Years to Win Back the States

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 3:19 PM

On April 7th, conservatives made yet another state level power grab. While Wisconsin voters overwhelmingly reelected progressive-leaning Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, they also narrowly approved a constitutional amendment to change how the state's Supreme Court appoints its chief justice. The underlying goal of this amendment was clear: to...

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Right or Wrong, 'Likely Voter' Polls Show Importance of Turnout

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 6:18 PM

"The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day."

This well-worn campaign cliché is taking on new meaning in this midterm election. Polls this year are differing sharply based on various assumptions of who will actually turn out.

This is nothing new -- many pollsters are...

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In 2014, Politics May Be Local. Really.

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 2:07 PM

Say what will you about 2014, but it hasn't stuck to anyone's script so far. The Beltway punditry has strained to find a consistent national narrative all year. And after the shocking defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor and unlikely triumph of GOP Sen. Thad Cochran due to a groundswell of...

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On Father's Day, Remember the Power of Our Daughters

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 7:34 PM

Father's Day may not be the conventional time for a column on women's equality, but as the father of a strong-willed 3-year-old daughter (and 6-year-old son), it's a good time to reflect on the importance of progressives' mission to support women and families. And frankly, like many parents who frequently...

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No, It's Not Too Soon To Think About Redistricting

(6) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 12:42 PM

Nearly four years after conservatives' takeover of many key states in 2010, the impact of partisan gerrymandering on policy in Congress and state legislatures is enormous. Indeed, much of the dysfunction and gridlock in Washington can be ascribed to the many members of the GOP majority cloistered in very safe...

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How to Win the Redistricting Fight in 2010

(20) Comments | Posted May 11, 2010 | 1:02 PM

In six months, voters may determine control of Congress for the next decade in elections for governors and legislatures that will control the redistricting process in most states.

Our opponents understand these high stakes and are highly-skilled practitioners in exploiting the redistricting process. Bush-era operatives including Karl Rove and...

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