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Voter Integrity or Suppression: The Effect of the New Voting Laws in 2012 and Beyond

Monday, April 29, 2013 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


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;
  • David Sullivan, 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 Florida; and
  • Charles 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.



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Jennifer Jones


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