Protecting Every Vote: Procedures for Safe and Fair Elections
The fall 2018 CWI meetings are focusing on increasing our knowledge of ways to help with the midterm elections and beyond! On Tuesday, October 23, CWI will host a panel discussion entitled, “Protecting Every Vote: Procedures for Safe and Fair Elections.” This event will include high-level experts from the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, and the Campaign Legal Center. They will highlight how we can make sure our elections are safe and fair and that there is voter encouragement, not suppression! This meeting is organized and chaired by Megan Corrado, Esq., CWI Vice President, Global Issues.
We expect to hear from:
Celina Stewart, Director of Advocacy and Litigation, and Jeannette Senecal, Senior Director of Mission Impact, League of Women Voters, will discuss expanding civic engagement and empowerment opportunities for all voters. Ms. Stewart and Ms.Senecal will also provide immediate strategies to improve and monitor elections. Ms. Stewart develops and implements League political strategies and policy positions around election reform and voting rights issues; oversees prospective litigation for the national and state Leagues; works closely with League grassroots staff in implementing the national agenda; and serves as the lead lobbyist and liaison with Congress and the Administration for the League. Ms.Senecal helped develop and launch the award-winning VOTE411.org website in 2006, which reached over four million voters in 2016. She leads the League’s efforts on issues such as reforming and modernizing election laws and expanding voting rights and access.
Allegra Chapman, Director of Voting and Elections, Common Cause, will discuss election integrity, voting protection mechanisms and strategies, and the ways in which every vote can be accurately counted. Ms. Chapman leads national and state efforts to reduce barriers to voting and ensure that elections run efficiently and fairly throughout the country. Ms. Chapman previously served as staff counsel for Demos from 2008-2011, where she engaged in litigation and negotiations in several states to enforce Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act, which requires public assistance agencies to provide voter registration services to their clients. She also helped defend the constitutionality of New York’s statute eliminating prison-based gerrymandering and worked on other elector reforms, including Election Day voter registration. From 2011 until joining Common Cause, Ms. Chapman was an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau for the State of New York, where she brought actions for violations of federal, state, and local civil rights laws on employment discrimination, racial profiling in public accommodations, religious rights infringements, and police matters, amongst others.
Erin Chlopak, Senior Legal Counsel, Campaign Legal Center, will discuss campaign finance laws and the ways in which they affect elections and disenfranchise certain voters. Ms. Chlopak joined CLC in August 2018, after spending nearly a decade working on a wide range of campaign finance issues in the Federal Election Commission’s Office of General Counsel. Her areas of focus include CLC’s appellate and district court litigation and its Federal Reform and State and Local Reform programs.
CWI meetings are free and open to the public. Bring your lunch and information to share.
Next CWI meeting, Noon Tue. Nov. 27, 2018. Outcomes of the November Elections: New Leaders for a New Era
Check www.womensclearinghouse.org for meeting cancellations. The 11 Dupont Circle entrance is on New Hampshire Ave., across from the Dupont Plaza Hotel. Metro stop: Dupont; south exit.