DISCOVER THE ISSUES
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.
Details and Resources Coming Soon
POST SESSION WRAP-UP
Roosevelt House, NY
November 5, 2017
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
Background resources on Voting Rights
How Oregon Increased Voter Turnout More Than Any Other State
The Nation | JULY 27, 2017Read more on thenation.com
One State Shows Just How Easy It Is to Get More Americans to Vote
Huffington Pos | May 23, 2017Read more on huffingtonpost.com
Can Youth Suffrage Finally Become a Mainstream Issue in 2020?
Pacific Standard | August 10, 2017Read more on psmag.com
Give high schoolers the right to vote — young people need a voice in government
Daily News | May 2017Read more on nydailynews.com
“The Problem with Participatory Democracy is the Participants” by Eitan D. Hersh
New York Times | JUNE 29, 2017Read more on nytimes.com
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