The last decade has seen a steady rise in restrictions on the right to vote, with cuts to early voting, limitations on absentee voting, polling place closures, voter ID laws and changes to voter registration becoming routine in legislatures across the country. The 2016 presidential election, the first in over 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act, was also pervaded with calls for “poll watchers” to ensure “ballot integrity” and to protect against voter fraud. The election saw an unprecedented stream of litigation challenging laws and procedures regarding the right to vote. On Jan. 12, 2017 the American Constitution Society hosted a conference call featuring attorneys behind several of these lawsuits. The attorneys provided an update and in-depth discussion of the major litigation that arose during the 2016 election and its implications for elections and voting rights law in the future.
Caroline Fredrickson, president, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
Dawn Smalls, partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; member, Board of Directors, ACS; Moderator
Marc Elias, partner; Firmwide Chair, Political Law Practice; member, Firmwide Executive Committee, Perkins Coie LLP
Michael Gottlieb, partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
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