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Battle for Representation: Southern Disability Community and Voting Rights Advocates Fight to Protect and Expand Access to the Ballot
Despite the threat of illness from COVID-19 and the uncertainty cast by rampant disinformation, voters, including voters of color and voters with disabilities, cast ballots in record numbers in 2020. Yet, our democracy did not make it through the most recent election cycle unscathed. Proponents of suppression tactics have pointed to high turnout to explain away the very real flaws in America's democratic systems and have circulated the "Big Lie" of nonexistent voter problems to further restrict ballot access in state legislatures across the country, including in three of our target states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

Join SPLC as we discuss the landscape of voting access in the South and how we're fighting with our Southern disability rights partners to remove barriers to the polls that disproportionately and routinely disenfranchise low-income people, people with disabilities, new citizens, and others. Hear stories from SPLC clients and outreach staff about how these restrictions affect our communities' ability to exercise their political power and how we're organizing with our partners to overcome them.

Moderator: Nancy Abudu, Interim Director of Strategic Litigation, SPLC

Panelists:
Shira Wakschlag, Senior Director, Legal Advocacy & General Counsel at The Arc [link to https://thearc.org]
Eric Peebles, Executive Director, Accessible Alabama [link to https://www.accessiblealabama.org/] & client in People First of Alabama v. Merrill [link to https://www.splcenter.org/seeking-justice/case-docket/people-first-alabama-et-al-v-john-merrill-et-al]
Safia Malia, Outreach Paralegal, SPLC

Jun 2, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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