Voting Rights: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

As part of MoFo’s ongoing celebration of Black History Month, our San Francisco office hosted a panel discussion about voting rights and voter suppression on February 16.

Speakers included:

Following Henry’s opening remarks, Robert spoke about voting rights on the federal level and the role of race in voter suppression, underscoring the central role voting plays in a democracy.

“Voting rights are critical,” according to Robert, because “all of our rights depend on voting rights.”

Christina spoke about her experiences as a community organizer and her first-hand experience working on voter registration and voter engagement. One of the biggest challenges, she noted, is understanding the voting ballot. Complicated in nature, ballots can pose a serious obstacle for voters who don’t speak English.

She also stressed the need to engage voters on an individual level, as the lack of personal engagement is a major deterrent to voting in voter suppressed communities.

Robert Rubin, Senior Counsel, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights; Christina Livingston, Executive Director, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment; and Henry Brown, Director of Attorney Training, Morrison & Foerster