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BBA Webinar: Protecting Voting Rights in the Pandemic Era

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
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The BBA presents live webinars via Zoom. Access to this program is free, included as part of your member benefit. Please register through your BBA account at least two hours before the start of the program to receive the Zoom webinar link. The link will be emailed to registrants on a rolling basis beginning 72 hours before the start of the program. If you have not received a link within one-hour of the program start, please email the BBA contact listed below.

As the nation continues to struggle against the public health and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, another crisis looms: how to ensure a free and fair election in 2020?  Despite urgent calls for action to protect the vote, Congress has failed to provide the necessary protections to ensure that the 2020 vote will accessible and open for all Americans. 

During this webinar, the panelists, all experts in voting rights, will explore the danger to voting rights that now exists and will likely continue to exist during the coronavirus pandemic, both locally and across the country, and how we might go about protecting our voting rights through the November elections in 2020.  

Some of the topics to be discussed by the panelists will include:  

  • Encouraging states to provide online registration and otherwise make registration simpler and less restrictive; 
  • Precluding the purging of voter registrations and other attempts to disenfranchise voters; 
  • Allowing for "no-excuse" mail in voting, providing prepaid mail-in voting envelopes, expanding early voting and expanding number of voting locations; and 
  • Fighting against voter suppression tactics such as overly strict voter ID laws, requiring witness signatures on absentee ballots, insufficient polling locations and poll workers, and failure to preclude voter intimidation efforts at the polls.

*This webinar is co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society *

BBA Webinars are supported by the Joan B. DiCola Fund. The fund was founded in 2015 in memory of Joan B. DiCola to support the programs and initiatives that foster the education and professional development of lawyers and law students. To support this fund contact Erica Southerland at esoutherland@bostonbar.org .

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Contact:

Jenna Kim
jkim@bostonbar.org

 

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