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How Cities Can Strengthen Voting Rights

The Supreme Court’s decision yesterday gutting a key provision of the Voting Rights Act will have a real and detrimental impact on voters. It behooves Congress to expeditiously revise the law to protect voters of color and address the persistent threat of racial discrimination.



But cities also have a key role to play in expanding voting rights. Tomorrow, at 2:00 pm eastern / 11:00 am pacific, please join leading experts in a national webinar and strategy session to discuss the creative reforms that cities can take to strengthen democracy by:

- reducing the influence of corporate money on government by implementing public financing of local elections;

- ensuring that more eligible voters are registered and turn out to vote; and

- granting non-citizens and 16- and 17-year olds the right to vote in local elections.


The webinar is hosted by Local Progress and the Leadership Center for the Common Good. (CPD is a founding organizational partner of Local Progress). You can RSVP here. We have an all-star lineup featuring:


- Amy Loprest, executive director of the New York City Campaign Finance Board, which manages the city’s system of publicly-financed campaigns for city council and mayor.

- Councilmember Tim Male (Takoma Park, MD), chief sponsor of the recent law to grant 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in local elections.

- State Senator Jamie Raskin (Montgomery Co., MD), constitutional law professor at American University, champion of voting rights, and author of non-citizen voting law in Takoma Park, Maryland.

- Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice and an expert on voter registration modernization and campaign finance reform.

- Mayor Pro Tem Faith Winter (Westminster, CO), Local Progress board member and chief sponsor of recent municipal reforms that will expand voter registration.

- Katrina Gamble (moderator), political director of the Leadership Center for the Common Good.


Please join us for what is sure to be a fascinating conversation. You can RSVP here.