Democracy at Work: How States Are on the Front Line of Protecting the Right to Vote

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States truly served as laboratories for democracy during the past year, expanding access to voting during the COVID-19 pandemic and leading the highest turnout election in 100 years. Election and pro-voter reforms—such as mail voting, same-day registration, and early voting—have never mattered more. And yet there are coordinated campaigns in some states to eliminate or curtail commonsense policies that helped Americans vote last year and in every election cycle. Throughout the country, voting rights are under assault. Already, more than 360 anti-voter bills have been introduced in state legislatures to block Americans from voting. These anti-democratic efforts are based on “the big lie” and represent a nefarious response to high turnout among voters of color in 2020.

Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund and State Innovation Exchange Action for a discussion on what it’s like to be on the front lines of these attacks and what state leaders are doing to combat them. CAP Action founder John Podesta will moderate a discussion with Stacey Abrams, followed by a panel of state legislators moderated by voting rights reporter Ari Berman.

We would love to hear your questions. Please submit any questions for our distinguished panel via email at or on Twitter using #StatesideChat. Live captioning will be available on Zoom and on the YouTube livestream.

In conversation:
Stacey Abrams, Founder, Fair Fight Action
John Podesta, Founder, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Distinguished panelists:
Rep. Margo Davidson (D-PA)
Rep. Dotie Joseph (D-FL)
Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-TX)
Rep. Bee Nguyen (D-GA)
Rep. Raquel Teran (D-AZ)

Ari Berman, Senior Reporter, Mother Jones; Author, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America