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Protecting the Right to Vote: Questions for a New Era

  • Lakeside Congregation 1221 Lake Cook Road Highland Park, IL, 60035 United States (map)

This event is hosted by the League of Women Voters - Highland Park/Highwood. It is free and open to the public.

There is a lot going on regarding the right to vote – nationally, in the states, and locally.

Join us for a discussion of some of these issues and what people are doing about them: voter protection, Cross-check, automatic voter registration, redistricting, the federal Pence-Kobach election integrity commission, and more. And on the very date of our meeting, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Gill v. Whitford, the partisan gerrymandering case out of Wisconsin. Our speaker’s organization, the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, was instrumental in the original filing of this lawsuit.

Our speaker will be Ami Gandhi, an attorney, who is Director of Voting Rights and Civic Empowerment for the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. In her job, Ami works to reduce barriers to voting and improve civic participation, especially in communities of color and low-income communities. She led statewide voter protection for the 2016 election, advocated for communities of color during Illinois redistricting, advised local election boards as they implemented the first Hindi ballots in the country, and led exit poll studies.

Ami earned her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and her B.A. in psychology and cognitive science from Indiana University. She has worked as the Executive Director of South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI), where she led initiatives in voting rights, immigrants’ rights, and other civil rights and racial justice issues. She was previously the Legal Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago and a commercial litigation attorney at Freeborn & Peters LLP. Ami serves as the board chair of Common Cause Illinois and is on the board of American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.