Congressional Briefing on Voter Suppression

Congressional Briefing on Voter Suppression Hosted by the ADA Education Fund

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
1:00 to 2:30 PM
Senate Visitor Center, Room 201-00
Washington, D.C.

For our next Congressional Briefing, the ADA Education Fund will host a diverse group of speakers to discuss the vital issue of Voter Suppression. These experts will deliberate on one of the most sacred and important rights of the American people: the right to vote.  This right, once reserved for a narrow group of citizens, is now hypothetically enjoyed by all Americans. However recent state legislative actions have raised the specter of creeping disenfranchisement of whole groups of voters. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said yesterday in Texas, “We need election systems that are free from fraud, discrimination and partisan influence — and that are more, not less, accessible to the citizens of this country.”  The 2012 elections are less than a year away, and the right to vote could be critical to both the outcome and the confidence that Americans have in their elected leaders. The photo I.D. and other laws being proposed and passed across the country could prevent millions of Americans from voting. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Robert Brandon, President of the Fair Elections Legal Network
  • Eddie Hailes, General Counsel & Managing Director of the Advancement Project
  • Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Acting Co-Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Kirin Kennedy, National Field Director for United States Student Association
  • Nicole Austin-Hillery, Director and Counsel of the Brennan Center for Justice

The event is open to the press and public. Please join us for this important discussion on Voter Suppression. Additional information may be found on the Facebook Event Page

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ADA Education Fund

The ADA Education Fund is an independent, charitable entity that focuses on increasing public awareness through education and community organizing that builds capacity for change. The Ed Fund produces periodic policy briefs, hosts progressive speakers on a range of issues, sponsors advocacy and research fellowships, and works to expand civic participation through community organizing around economic and social justice issues.