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Fifth Annual State of Voting Rights

Ballots are already being cast in the 2020 general election, and please join the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice for its Fifth Annual State of Voting Rights Panel. Our esteemed panel of voting rights experts describes the ongoing efforts to protect the franchise, including efforts in the courts, Congress, and in front of state officials. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way states are conducting elections, and our panel describes how states treat mail-in voting, early voting, and the canvassing and counting of ballots after election day. We place obstacles to voting in the larger context of a post-Shelby County America, where preclearance under the Voting Rights Act is no longer required. This election may be the most consequential in our lifetimes, and as we get closer to November 3, the State of Voting Rights panel separates fact from fiction and provide clarity on the need for a strong and stable democracy.


  •  Terry Ao Minnis, Senior Director of Census and Voting Programs, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
  • Kristen Clarke, President & Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund


  • Jason Abel, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Special Counsel, Specialized Practice Division, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Co-Sponsors: ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic JusticeABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & ResponsibilitiesABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

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