This exciting and timely event, which takes place at the Boston
Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, in Boston, will focus on the effects of the
new voting laws in the 2012 election, and what issues lay ahead for the future
election cycles. Among other issues, the panel members will be examining
the effects of various new photo identification voting laws that have been
enacted around the nation on voter turnout in the recent Presidential
election. The panelists will also explore the new restrictions that
several states have applied to "early voting", and will examine the effects on
persons' ability to vote, if any. The panel will look at ongoing voter
registration problems in many states, including concerns about "cyber"
interference with new online registration efforts. Finally, the panelists
will be exploring what new possible restrictions or impediments to voting may
lay ahead in 2013 and beyond.
The distinguished panelists for this event are:
- Justin Levitt,
Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Associate Professor of
Law at Loyola Law School, and a national expert in election law, with a
particular focus on election administration and redistricting;
former Election Counsel for the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth,
and most recently, a senior voter protection adviser for Deval Patrick’s 2010
reelection campaign and for Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign in
Stewart, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at
MIT, and an established leader in the analysis of the performance of election
systems and the quantitative assessment of election performance.
- Robert A. Whitney will moderate the event.