Every election year, thousands of people of color are denied their right to vote due to tactics such as purged voter lists and voter ID laws. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic threatening our elections, voter suppression could become even worse—unless Congress takes action.
The short film, which depicts voter suppression in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election, can be viewed here.
Panel DiscussionFCNL’s José Woss was joined by policy experts to explore how Congress can ensure safety from COVID-19 while protecting the voting rights of Black and Brown communities.
About the Speakers
Rev. Aundreia Alexander leads the National Council of Churches in its initiative to reverse the rising trend of mass incarceration in the United States. Before her move to the NCC Rev. Alexander served as the National Coordinator for The Office of Immigration and Refugee Services with the American Baptist Home Mission Societies of American Baptist Churches, USA.
Leigh Chapman is director of the voting rights program, overseeing projects that advocate voting protections for marginalized people. Previously, Chapman was senior policy advisor at Let America Vote, where she advised the organization on election law and policy issues at the state and federal levels. Before that, she was appointed director of policy for the Pennsylvania Department of State by Governor Tom Wolf.
Aaron Scherb is the director of legislative affairs at Common Cause. In this role, he helps craft and gain support for various good-governance proposals, primarily related to campaign finance reform, voting rights, redistricting reform, and ethics/lobbying reform.