NYU Washington, DC: Is It Time for a Right to Vote in the Constitution?
NYU Washington, DC
Abramson Family Auditorium
1307 L Street, NW
Program begins at 4PM. Reception to Follow.
Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Mark Pocan
The right to vote is the foundation of any democracy. Yet, unlike the citizens of all but 11 nations, Americans do not have an explicit right to vote in their constitution. U.S. House Members Keith Ellison and Mark Pocan have introduced HJ Res. 44 to establish such a right and strengthen the claims of all citizens to exercise their suffrage rights. American cities have begun debating resolutions to support a constitutional right to vote and explore changes to promote, protect and expand voting.
Join John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for The Nation, Mark Schmitt, Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and FairVote legal fellow Mollie Hailey as we ask: What would a right to vote in the Constitution mean for particular voting rights struggles? How would it affect the future of the Voting Rights Act and voting rights for the people of Washington, D.C.? Takoma Park city councilor Tim Male will outline one strategy launched at a local level that holds promise for a realistic roadmap for reform.
A post-event video will be available.