February 3, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM ET
The 2014 mid-term elections will be the first major elections with national offices on the ballot since the Supreme Court’s decision in the Shelby County, AL v. Holder case. One known impact of that decision is that voter suppression efforts have intensified in Southern states including Texas, North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, and others that previously enjoyed Voting Rights Act protections. Barriers including onerous voter identification requirements, limits on the opportunities to vote, and other burdensome election administration measures affecting women, students, people with disabilities, people of color, and the elderly will disproportionately discourage these vulnerable populations from voting. This conversation will explore the important challenges and opportunities to defend and expand voting rights in the upcoming mid-term elections. We will apply a special lens to Southern states and discuss how the national landscape will be impacted by what happens in the South.
Moderator: Jerry Gonzalez, Trustee, Sapelo Foundation
Only Grantmakers Invited? No
Category(s): Philanthropic Sector, General LGBTQ Community