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COVID-19: Protecting Voter Health and Participation in the 2020 Elections
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The coronavirus pandemic is amplifying existing barriers to voting and election participation, impacting engagement in the election process. As states respond to the threat of COVID-19, they must consider ways to educate voters about changes and ensure that everyone can safely and securely vote in the 2020 election cycle.

7/16/2020
When: 07/16/2020
12:00 PM
Where: Webinar
United States

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The coronavirus pandemic is amplifying existing barriers to voting and election participation, impacting engagement in the election process. As states respond to the threat of COVID-19, they must consider ways to educate voters about changes and ensure that everyone can safely and securely vote in the 2020 election cycle. This webinar will address the connection between health disparities and voting disparities, and how the recent movement against racial injustice is impacting in-person and absentee turnout. Speakers in this program will discuss challenges and solutions to the voting process in the midst of a pandemic, including legal barriers to turnout, election protection, and mitigating the public health risks. This webinar will also identify key policy interventions states are considering to protect the right to vote.

 

 

This webinar will provide you with:

  • An overview of the connection between voting and other types of civic engagement and health, including the legal issues affecting engagement.
  • A discussion of a new reportfrom the Voting Rights Lab, UCLA Voting Rights Project, and Union of Concerned Scientists entitled “Protecting Public Health in the 2020 Elections.”
  • An assessment of the issues and trends related to election protection, including current litigation.
  • Examples of state actions and policy recommendations to ensure equitable, accessible, and safe voting this November.

 

Moderator:

  • Lauren Boc, MPH, Senior Partnerships Manager at Voting Rights Lab

 

Presenters:

  • Dawn Hunter, JD, MPH, Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law – Southeastern Region Office
  • Jiggy Athilingam, PhD, Associate Director of Campaigns & Partnerships at Voting Rights Lab
  • Ryan Snow, Legal Fellow, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

 

CLEs will not be offered for this webinar.

 

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