Voting Rights

Less than 60% of eligible voters voted in the 2016 elections —and less than 43% of young people under age 25. The 2014 midterm elections had the lowest turnout in 75 years, since the start of World War I when many were fighting overseas and unable to vote. In this Forum, Fellows explored the evolution of voting rights--and voting fights, the current context of voting, and the biggest threats to casting votes that matter. We examined the Electoral College and the pros and cons of direct vs indirect democracy. We delved into gerrymandering, the upcoming Supreme Court case (Gill vs. Whitford), and the stakes at play. And, of course, we discussed the role that education and voter education play in all of this.

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Roosevelt House, NY
November 5, 2017


Michael Waldman,
President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

Our group discussed Voting Rights with Michael Waldman to determine what rights citizens have and how to protect them.

Video of the conference