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April 21, 2022

ABA to unveil 2022 Civic Literacy Survey with relevant public opinions on voting rights and access

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2022 — In celebration of Law Day, the American Bar Association will unveil results from the fourth annual ABA Survey of Civic Literacy on Friday, April 29, from noon to 1 p.m. EDT during a live online event.

The survey measures the American public’s civics knowledge as well as their views on a range of topical issues. This year’s results include public opinion on proposed changes to voting requirements, why people say they vote and whether they think their vote makes a difference.

“The release of the 2022 ABA Survey of Civic Literacy in celebration of Law Day highlights the public’s knowledge of civics as well as opinions on the critical issue of voting rights and access,” said ABA President Reginald Turner. “People in our country need to be proficient in civic knowledge and must know their rights and responsibilities. We must all be involved and engaged for our society to move forward.”

Turner will speak at the April 29 event, and a panel of experts will discuss the results on voting rights and access. Yamiche Alcindor, Washington correspondent for NBC News and moderator for PBS’ “Washington Week,” will moderate. Panelists include Janai S. Nelson, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Wendy K. Mariner, former chair of ABA Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice and founder of the Task Force on Fair Elections and Voting Rights; and Phillip J. Strach, a litigator for both plaintiffs and states in redistricting cases.

ABA 2022 Survey of Civic Literacy results

Friday, April 29, from noon-1 p.m. EDT


The event is free and open to members of the media and the public, but registration is required. For media credentialing, contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or [email protected]. The public can register here.

The ABA Law Day theme is “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change.”

About Law Day

Envisioned in 1957 by then-ABA President Charles S. Rhyne as a national day to recognize the country’s commitment to the rule of law, Law Day was established by President Dwight Eisenhower the following year. Congress issued a joint resolution in 1961 designating May 1 as the official Law Day. Many civic groups and bar associations celebrate with programs, presentations and events. Visit the ABA’s Law Day website for Law Day resources.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.