2012 Law Graduate Summit
April 16, 2012
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rayburn House Office Building – Room B339
Recent State Voting Laws: A Barrier to the Latino Vote?
Moderated by CHCI Law Graduate Fellow Jessica González
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The Latino population has gained heightened attention as the 2012 elections approach. Similarly, state voting laws have become a hotly debated topic, in and outside the courtroom, after 17 states passed laws to restrict virtually all stages of the voting process. With more aggressive measures seen in states with large or rapidly growing Latino populations and the indication that they will disproportionately impact low-income voters, it becomes clear that Latinos—who tend to have higher poverty and lower participation rates than any other voting population—will bear the costs. Given the impact that the laws could have on the ability for Latinos to effectively participate and utilize the voting potential garnered as Latino youth turn 18, it is imperative that pressure be placed on the Administration and lawmakers in order to preserve Latinos' rights and representation in the electorate.
Join CHCI Law Graduate Fellow Jessica González, as she leads a discussion on voting rights issues in the 2012 elections cycle.
- Lara Cole – Public Policy Counsel, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Eddie Hailes – General Counsel/Managing Director, Advancement Project
- Mark Hugo Lopez – Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center
- Max Sevillia – Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, NALEO Educational Fund
The 2012 CHCI Young Latino Leaders Summit Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.