Monday, February 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Rotunda
The Holder Initiative
Voter suppression in the United States encompasses tools, both legal and illegal, that discourage and disqualify otherwise eligible voters from casting their franchise. The conversation around voter suppression has grown since the Supreme Court's 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 on the basis that the data upon which the provision was founded was antiquated, thereby violating the self-governance of states under federalism. Under the U.S. Constitution, states are given the broad power to decide the times, places, and manner of their own elections, which has given states the flexibility to configure elections as they see fit. As such, some states have adopted voter ID laws, made cuts to early voting and made purges to voter rolls. These measures have in many cases made it more difficult for citizens to cast their ballots in elections — particularly for people of color, the elderly, those with disabilities and students. The core of our panel's discussion will be how the United States can ensure individual rights are not infringed upon while maintaining the rights of states to govern their elections. Panelists: Leah C. Aden CC'01, senior counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Patricia Ferguson-Bohnee LAW'01, clinical professor of law at Arizona State University Jon Sherman LAW'08, senior counsel for Fair Elections Legal Network Desmond Meade, president of Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Vann R. Newkirk II, staff writer at The Atlantic *Panelists are subject to change.
Registration for this event will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15. Please Note: This event is not open to the public.