Department of Political Science

Brookings Institution

The State of Voting Rights in America

The State of Voting Rights in America

Professor Don Davison is invited to a special panel on 'The State of Voting Rights in America' held at The Brookings Institution on January 11, 2017.

The 2016 presidential election was the first since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down critical elements of the Voting Rights Act. As a result, several Southern states and other districts were able to revise voter ID requirements and close or change the location of polling sites without federal approval. Many have argued that these actions made it more difficult for historically disenfranchised citizens to vote. In this most recent election cycle, voters complained of voter suppression and intimidation efforts aimed at African Americans and Latinos, unusually long lines at polling places, and poll workers who turned eligible voters away due to a lack of proper identification." (Brookings Institution)

These issues were discussed by a Brookings panel of experts:

The Honorable G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), U. S. House of Representatives
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., Founder and President, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Clarissa Martinez-de-Castro, Deputy Vice-President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, National Council of La Raza
Myrna Perez, Deputy Director, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law
Hilary O. Shelton, Washington Bureau, Senior Vice-President for Advocacy and Policy, NAACP
Stefanie Brown James, CEO, Vestige Strategies, LLC; Director, National African American Vote
Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution

Please visit this link to hear the full panel discussion.