Expertise: Elections, voting rights, voter registration, money in politics, campaign finance reform

Liz Kennedy is a senior fellow at American Progress. Previously, she served as counsel and campaign strategist at Demos, working on voting rights, money in politics, and corporate accountability. She worked to expand political participation by eliminating barriers to voting and empowering voters; to increase transparency and accountability for money in politics to fight corruption of democratic government; and to fulfill America’s promise of political equality. Kennedy has authored or co-authored numerous papers, such as “Automatic Voter Registration: Finding American’s Missing Voters,” “Top 5 Ways Citizens United Harms Democracy & Top 5 Ways We’re Fighting to Take Democracy Back,” “Millions to the Polls: Practical Policies to Fulfill the Freedom to Vote for All Americans,” “The Racial Equity Impact of Secret Corporate Political Spending by Government Contractors,” “Bullies at the Ballot Box: Protecting the Freedom to Vote Against Wrongful Challenges and Intimidation,” “Stop the Next Citizens United: McCutcheon v. FEC and the Crisis of Confidence in American Democracy,” “Democracy at Stake: Protecting Democracy in the Super PAC Era,” and “Citizens Actually United: The Bi-Partisan Opposition to Corporate Political Spending and Support for Common Sense Reform.”

Prior to joining Demos, Kennedy was an attorney in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, working on issues of money in politics and democratic accountability. Kennedy was deputy director of voter protection for President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign in Ohio; has represented unions in industrial bankruptcy cases; and was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Before law school, she spent several years running campaigns as a student organizer and canvass director with the Public Interest Research Group.

Kennedy frequently speaks on panels and at conferences, testifies in legislatures, and appears on radio and television, including “All In with Chris Hayes,” “Melissa Harris-Perry,” and “Up” with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC; Al Jazeera; Arise News; and Regional News Network. Her writing and commentary has appeared in The American Prospect, Salon, U.S. News & World Report, Guernica magazine,, The Huffington Post, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Human Rights magazine, the Boston Herald, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Hill’s Congress Blog, and the National Civic Review. Kennedy is a native of Brooklyn, New York, graduated with a B.A. in Government from Smith College, and received her J.D. from the New York University School of Law, graduating cum laude.

By Liz Kennedy
Increasing Voter Participation in AmericaCenter for American ProgressJuly 11, 2018
Confronting the Cost of Trump’s Corruption to American FamiliesCenter for American ProgressJune 4, 2018
Drivers of Authoritarian Populism in the United StatesCenter for American ProgressMay 10, 2018
State Election Security Spending Guidance for 2018 OmnibusCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2018
State and Local Actions for Improving Election SecurityCenter for American ProgressMarch 14, 2018
Election Security in All 50 StatesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 12, 2018
Eight Years After Citizens United, It’s Time for Bold Ways to Fix DemocracyThe HillJanuary 20, 2018
Voter Purges Prevent Eligible Americans from VotingCenter for American ProgressJanuary 4, 2018
How Corporate Donors Get Their Tax Breaks and 5 Ways to Fight BackCenter for American ProgressNovember 30, 2017
Close Elections, Missing Voices, and Automatic Voter Registration Projected Impact in 50 StatesCenter for American ProgressNovember 30, 2017
How Distorted Districts Lead to Distorted LawsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 29, 2017
Distorted Districts, Distorted LawsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 19, 2017
9 Solutions to Secure America’s ElectionsCenter for American ProgressAugust 16, 2017
Rebalance the Rules for Our DemocracyRealClearPolicyJuly 29, 2017
Testimony of Liz Kennedy Before the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications CommitteeSenate Democratic Policy and Communications CommitteeJuly 19, 2017
Millennial Voters Win With Automatic Voter RegistrationCenter for American ProgressJuly 19, 2017
Keeping Voters off the RollsCenter for American ProgressJuly 18, 2017
Secret and Foreign Spending in U.S. Elections: Why America Needs the DISCLOSE ActCenter for American ProgressJuly 17, 2017
Oregon’s Automatic Voter RegistrationCenter for American ProgressJune 7, 2017
Who Votes With Automatic Voter Registration?Center for American ProgressJune 7, 2017
Trump at 100 Days: Case Studies of Trump’s Self-Serving, Special Interest GovernmentCenter for American ProgressApril 27, 2017
Corporate Capture Threatens Democratic GovernmentCenter for American ProgressMarch 29, 2017
Top 10 Risks and Remedies for Trump’s Conflicts of InterestCenter for American ProgressFebruary 24, 2017
Trump’s Threat to Investigate American Voters Is a Danger to DemocracyCenter for American ProgressJanuary 27, 2017
Drain the SwampCenter for American ProgressJanuary 5, 2017
Congress Tries to Kill Independent Ethics Watchdog, Americans Fight BackCenter for American ProgressJanuary 4, 2017
Trump’s Dangerous, Unprecedented, and Unconstitutional Conflicts of InterestCenter for American ProgressDecember 15, 2016
Redistricting and RepresentationCenter for American ProgressDecember 5, 2016
Americans Demand Democracy at the PollsCenter for American ProgressDecember 1, 2016
Voter Fraud Isn’t Real—But Voter Suppression Is a Grave DangerCenter for American ProgressNovember 29, 2016
Voter Suppression Laws Cost Americans Their Voices at the PollsCenter for American ProgressNovember 11, 2016
Preventing Problems at the Polls: PennsylvaniaCenter for American ProgressOctober 27, 2016
Preventing Problems at the Polls: ArizonaCenter for American ProgressOctober 25, 2016
Redistricting and Representation in the 2016 Elections and BeyondCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2016
Federal Judge: Wisconsin Shows ‘Disturbing Pattern’ of Failing to Provide Access to the BallotCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2016
Preventing Problems at the Polls: North CarolinaCenter for American ProgressOctober 17, 2016
Preventing Problems at the Polls: OhioCenter for American ProgressOctober 11, 2016
Preventing Problems at the Polls: FloridaCenter for American ProgressOctober 5, 2016
Protecting the Right to Vote in the 2016 ElectionsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 30, 2016
Preventing Problems at the Polls: WisconsinCenter for American ProgressSeptember 26, 2016
Oregon’s Success Shows Way Forward for Automatic Voter RegistrationCenter for American ProgressMay 16, 2016
Voting rights for allThe Baltimore SunApril 22, 2016
Americans Need a Government That Works for AllInsideSourcesApril 15, 2016