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Protecting Voting Rights in Chicago and Beyond

  • CBA Headquarters 321 South Plymouth Court Chicago, IL, 60604 United States (map)

Hosted by the YLS Civil Rights Committee of the Chicago Bar Association:

Protecting Voting Rights in Chicago and Beyond

Ami Gandhi, Director of Voting Rights and Civic Empowerment of Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, will discuss common practical and legal barriers to accessing the polls in the Chicago area, given our country's history of disenfranchising various groups of eligible voters and recent reforms aimed to increase access. Ami will also explain how you can make a meaningful difference by participating in the Election Protection program in the March 20, 2018 primary election. This nonpartisan voting rights program trains legal professionals to monitor the polls in the city and suburbs and to answer the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline to help voters who are experiencing challenges. Hundreds of attorneys have volunteered in past elections. In 2016, nearly a thousand calls were made to the Illinois hotline call center. Data and stories from voters' experiences are featured at and drive systemic voting rights reforms through legislation, litigation, and community education and activism.

Voting Access Chicago -- What It Is and How Young Lawyers Can Help

Attendees will be given a brief overview of Voting Access Chicago ("VAC"), including the history of VAC and the current status of the undertaking to ensure polling places in the city of Chicago are accessible to People with Disabilities and Older Adults.  Attendees will also learn how they can join the effort and earn 1.5 CLE credit hours by attending a training and volunteering on March 20, 2018 at the Primary Election.

Ami Gandhi, Director of Voting Rights and Civic Empowerment at Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights

Tracy Hartlieb, Manager of Voting Access Chicago at Equip for Equality



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