Tuesday, December 5, 2017 (Evening)
TIME: Bar opens at 6:30pm. Program begins at 7:00pm
EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception
Voter suppression remains the largely untold story of the 2016 election. Little more than a year after that election, Deborah Ross, a 10-year veteran of the North Carolina House of Representatives, will address how voter suppression and gerrymandering in North Carolina has jeopardized the right to vote in her home state, and how it now threatens voters’ rights throughout the nation.
Twenty states have passed new restrictive voting laws since 2010, and 14 states had such laws come into effect for the first time in 2016. In addition, the 2016 election was the first presidential election since the US Supreme Court effectively gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
These voter suppression laws and regulations, combined with gerrymandering, are attempts to disenfranchise voters, in particular African American and Hispanic voters, thus depriving them of one of their fundamental rights guaranteed under the US Constitution.
Ross, a lawyer, legislator, and teacher, was the Democratic candidate for the US Senate in North Carolina in 2016, losing to incumbent Republican Senator Richard Burr.
PRICE: $15 Members and Non-members, $10 Young Dems (includes hors d’oeuvres). Cash Bar.