Our panelists will participate in a moderated discussion spotlighting current and emerging political legal issues that will impact the upcoming 2020 Presidential election, with a particular focus on voting rights and election administration issues affecting LGBTQ+ voters and the LGBTQ+ community. The panel will discuss the following topics: 1) Emerging affecting voters who are nonbinary, transgender, and other members of the LGBTQ+ community. We will highlight examples from states that making progressive changes in this area. We will also discuss those states putting up obstacles against the voting rights of the LGBTQ+ community. 2) Voting rights litigation update. We will provide an overview of important cases, both resolved and pending, heading into the election. The panel will focus on cases and developments that impact homeless voters, youth voters, and/or elderly voters, all of whom tend to be among the most at-risk LGBTQ community members. 3) Briefing on corporate political engagement. We will examine the trend in corporate political engagement toward using brand resources to have a voice in moral and social issues and act in favor of voting rights and access to the ballot for at-risk communities. 4) Campaign finance and election administration updates. We will supplement the discussion of pending cases with an overview of any campaign finance and/or election law issues outside of the litigation context that are making news this summer in the lead up to the fall general election. Together we will lead a discussion of these emerging issues based on the experience and expertise that we have built during the course of interacting with clients, voters, and policy experts engaged in the 2020 election.
Speakers: Hal Brewster (Perkins Coie LLP); Rachana Desai Martin (Biden for America); Tyler Hagenbuch (Perkins Coie LLP); Ben Needham (Human Rights Campaign)
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