ONLINE EVENT ADVISORY: How States Are on the Front Line of Protecting the Right To Vote

Washington, D.C. — States 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 SiX 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.

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

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

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

WHEN
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET

WHERE
You must RSVP at this link to watch the livestream event.

If you have questions for our panel, please submit them on Twitter using the hashtag #StatesideChat or via email to CAPAFeventquestions@americanprogressaction.org.

For more information, please contact Sam Hananel at  or 202-478-6327.