EVENT ADVISORY: Secretaries of State, Voting Rights Advocates Discuss Attacks and Advances in Voter Registration

Washington, D.C. — Voting rights and the integrity of our elections system are at a crossroads: America’s electoral system is being undermined by foreign interference and threatened by President Donald Trump’s sham commission investigating American voters and so-called voter fraud, led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The commission, which will meet for its first in-person meeting on July 19, includes a who’s who of voter suppressors that seek to block eligible Americans from registering to vote and improperly remove them from the voter rolls, preventing them from voting. Those most affected by these voter suppression measures are communities of color and other historically underrepresented groups, including young people. At the same time, pro-voter solutions such as automatic voter registration can securely maintain the voter rolls and transform voter registration from a barrier to a gateway to voter participation.

Please join the Center for American Progress on Wednesday, July 19 for an important discussion with secretaries of state and voting rights advocates on attacks and advances in voter registration and the integrity of our elections system.

This event is open to press. Please click here to RSVP.


Introductory remarks:
Neera Tanden, president and CEO, Center for American Progress

In conversation with:
Alex Padilla, secretary of state, California
Nellie Gorbea, secretary of state, Rhode Island

Featured panelists:
Sarah Audelo, executive director, Alliance for Youth Action
Maggie Thompson, executive director, Generation Progress
Stevie Valles, executive director, Chicago Votes

Liz Kennedy, director of Democracy and Government Reform, Center for American Progress


Wednesday, July 19
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

For more information, please contact Tanya Arditi at tarditi@americanprogress.org or 202.741.6258.