Breaking the Ballot: A Conversation with Carol Anderson on How Voter Suppression is Damaging Our Democracy

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:00pm

12:00 p.m. - Check-in
12:30 p.m. - Program
1:30 p.m. - Book signing

This November, Americans in many states will face obstacles to voting: strict voter ID laws, curbs to early voting, and possible arbitrary purges, often disproportionately targeting minority voters. For more than a decade, the Brennan Center has been leading the fight against these harmful policies — documenting their effects, challenging them in the courts, and sounding the alarm to the public.

In her new book, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy, Emory University professor Carol Anderson charts a coordinated, intricately designed rollback of African-American voting culminating in the Supreme Court’s decision to gut the Voting Rights Act in 2013.

In this Brennan Center public conversation, Anderson will discuss the harmful effects of the Court’s ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, voter suppression efforts, and the organizations and activists who are trying to stop them. Access to the ballot is critical to the health of American democracy. What must we do to defend, preserve, and expand it?

Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor, Chair of African American Studies at Emory University; author of White Rage

Cornell William Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice, Harvard Kennedy School; Director, The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice, Harvard Kennedy School; Senior Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law; Former President and CEO, NAACP

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