Panel–The Sad State Of Voting: The Attack On Our Rights In New York
NY is a miserable 41st out of 50 states in voter turnout, still lacking basic measures to increase voter access such as early voting, automatic voter registration, and no-excuse absentee ballots. Brooklyn was the epicenter of one of the state’s most disastrous recent failings, with 125,000 Democratic voters mysteriously purged from the rolls before the 2016 Presidential primary. In the general Presidential election, 78,000 NYC voters’ paper ballots were not counted, and that the city’s Board of Elections failed to notify the voters in time for them to appeal. All this at a time when voting rights are under attack all across the United States after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision gutting the Voting Rights Act and with President Trump’s planned attack on voting rights.
Come hear from experts on the state of the franchise in New York and nationally–and what you can do to preserve our most important right!
A FREE panel discussion moderated by Zachary Roth, author of The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy, and featuring:
– Damon Daniels, Demos
– Julie Ebenstein, American Civil Liberties Union Voting Rights Project
– James Hong, MinKwon Center for Community Action
– Susan Lerner, Common Cause
– Esmeralda Simmons, Center for Law and Social Justice, Medgar Evers College, CUNY
The discussion will be preceded by a voter registration drive at 6 pm.