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The Mid-term Elections and You: Voter Suppression Threats in the South and Beyond

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


Please note that the subject matter of this briefing is strictly limited to nonpartisan discussion as outlined in the agenda.

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About the 2014 Elections Funder Call Series:This is the second in a series of briefings on issues relevant to the 2014 midterm elections co-sponsored by Environmental Grantmakers Association, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Health & Environmental Funders Network, Neighborhood Funders Group, and Women Donors Network. These calls will give us the opportunity to both prepare for the 2014 election and learn from one another. This briefing is also sponsored by Grantmakers for Southern Progress.

Only Grantmakers Invited? No

Category(s): Philanthropic Sector, General LGBTQ Community