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Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?

November 19, 2018 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 am


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?

The right to vote is the bedrock of a healthy democracy and it must be protected. But before the 2018 mid-terms, legislators and officials in several states acted to deprive thousands of citizens of that right by eliminating same-day registrations, reducing voting hours, imposing new and often onerous rules for voter identification, and pruning voter rolls, often on flimsy grounds.

The pretext claimed for these actions was to combat widespread voter fraud, although researchers studying the issue concluded voter fraud is rare in the U.S. These findings were further supported by a Trump-appointed commission that was charged with investigating voter fraud and later disbanded for lack of evidence. Is the real but unspoken aim to prevent eligible Americans from voting?

Dale Ho will discuss these and other voting rights issues including the role of gerrymandering in the 2018 mid-term elections and the controversy over a proposed citizenship question for the 2020 census, which will be the basis for apportioning future representation in Congress and state legislatures.

Mr. Ho is director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) Voting Rights Project. He supervises the ACLU’s voting rights litigation and advocacy work nationwide, typically managing active cases in over a dozen states. He has also testified on election law issues before Congress and various state legislatures, is an adjunct professor of law at New York University’s School of Law, and is a frequent media commentator on voting rights issues and redistricting. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the Yale Law School.


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November 19, 2018
12:00 am - 11:59 am
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