Nicol Turner Lee on Voter Suppression: 1870-2018
Thursday, February 28, 2019 (Evening)
TYPE: Speaker Reception
Voter suppression has become a reality of American politics since the passage of the 15th Amendment in 1870. Just recently, it took new forms in the 2018 midterm elections. In 1870, African-Americans and poor whites faced literacy tests, grandfather clauses, poll taxes and other barriers to exercising their rights to vote. In 2018, a range of new and old practices were observed, including stringent ID requirements, large scale purging of voter rolls and alleged destruction of absentee ballots, and the use of social media by foreign actors to suppress voting by African Americans and other groups. This presentation will review the history of voter suppression in the United States, discuss contemporary displays of voting malfeasance and offer steps that the new Congress and others can take steps to assure the integrity of elections and access for all Americans.
Nicol Turner Lee, Ph.D. is a Fellow in the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution where she researches public policy that enables equitable access to information technology. She is also an expert on the intersection of race and technology within the context of civic engagement and recently published a paper calling for bipartisan attention to voting rights and election integrity.
PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. $15 Young Dems. $10 Students. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar.