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Mar. 11 // 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Mar. 12 // 10:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m.

Vanderbilt Hall, NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Decades after the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed, the racial turnout gap persists. It’s a glaring symptom of America’s failure to live up to its democratic ideals — and it’s not improving. The gap was larger in 2022 than in any election since at least 2008, when it briefly closed for Black voters during the Obama era. And the gap for other racial and ethnic groups never closed at all.

The Brennan Center is working to identify the causes of the growing racial turnout gap and to promote steps to remedy it. At a two-day symposium on March 11 and 12 at NYU, the nation’s leading social scientists will present research exploring these issues. Topics will include the effects of statewide voting policies, the barriers different minority groups face to voting, and myriad other obstacles hindering the exercise of the most vital of American rights. 

Join us as we convene to discuss why the racial turnout gap is such a persistent challenge, what is perpetuating it, and what must be done to solve the problem.