Six years ago, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act and eliminated Department of Justice preclearance of voting law changes in states with a history of discrimination. Now, in the leadup to the 2020 elections, this expert panel will examine the current state of voting rights in America. Our panel will assess ongoing examples of gerrymandering and voter suppression, with lawyers on the front lines of voter protection sharing briefings and insights on legal challenges such as Fish v. Kobach, Fair Fight Action v. Georgia State Election Board, and North Carolina v. Dowless, as well as the federal legislative response to Shelby County and recent cases in state and federal courts, from Kansas and Ohio to Georgia and North Carolina. We will address the critical role of lawyers in educating voters and helping to protect voters’ ability to register, cast a ballot, and have their votes counted on election day. The panel will also address issues surrounding the 2020 Census, the citizenship question, and the impact of the Census on the future of American democracy.
Location: Salon G, H, I, J, K, L
Speakers: Brian Castro (House Financial Services Committee); Leigh Chapman (The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights); Mark Gaber (Campaign Legal Center); Sean Young (ACLU of Georgia)