Dec 07, 2021

[Online workshop] A Look at Voter Suppression in the U.S. [May 25, 2021]

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Free and fair elections are foundational for any healthy democracy. In the next installment of Meetup’s Dismantling Social Injustice series, we’ll be discussing the state of elections in the United States, including new bills that seek to limit voter turnout.

Join Jessica Ring Amunson of Jenner & Block and Jonathan Diaz of Campaign Legal Center, for a discussion of historical and contemporary attempts at voter suppression. You’ll learn about new laws that limit absentee and early voting, impose requirements for identification, and introduce other barriers to casting a ballot. You’ll also understand how these tactics impact marginalized communities. Finally, you’ll hear from Crystal Carson of When We All Vote (WWAV) who will share advice for how we can take action now. Stay tuned for Q&A at the end.

Introductions (5 mins)
Panel Discussion (35 mins)
Call to Action w/ When We All Vote (5 mins)
Q&A session (15 mins)

About Jessica Ring Amunson:
Jessica Ring Amunson is the chair of Jenner & Block’s Election Law and Redistricting Practice. She represents clients in matters involving redistricting, voting rights, and campaign finance in the US Supreme Court, before the Federal Elections Commission, and in courts around the country. She has litigated election law and redistricting matters in a number of states, including litigation involving disputed elections. She regularly represents clients on the merits and as amici in direct appeals to the US Supreme Court in redistricting and voting rights cases. In March of this year, Ms. Amunson argued before the US Supreme Court on behalf of the Arizona Secretary of State in defending the Voting Rights Act and its standard for bringing vote denial claims. Ms. Amunson serves on the Advisory Committee to the Voting Rights Institute and is a member of the Litigation Strategy Council for the Campaign Legal Center.

About Crystal Carson:
Crystal Carson is the Managing Director of Brand Strategy, Media & Cultural Partnerships at When We All Vote. Additionally, she works as a media consultant for former President Obama’s personal office. Crystal brings years of passion and experience in communications, politics and logistics. Most recently working with clients including the Obama Foundation. Prior to this work, Crystal worked on Rapid Response for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and served as the Chief of Staff for the White House Communications Office. Crystal graduated from Central Piedmont Community College in 2011 with her Associates in Science.

About Jonathan Diaz:
Jonathan Diaz is Legal Counsel, Voting Rights at Campaign Legal Center in Washington DC, where his work focuses on increasing access to the ballot for all Americans. He litigates voting rights cases in federal courts across the country and advocates for laws and policies to create a more transparent, accessible, and inclusive democracy. He has been quoted by the New York Times, Miami Herald, and Reuters, appeared on NPR and Univision, and was a CNN Election Law Analyst for the 2020 election cycle. Jonathan graduated from the University of Miami with a BBA in Legal Studies and earned his JD at Harvard Law School.

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Time Commitment

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
5:00 PM
 to 6:00 PM EDT