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One Year Later: Voting Rights In America

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The Presidential Election of November 2020 brought out an unprecedented number of voters from all walks of life.  Some waited hours in line to cast their ballots in order to participate in the most American of all our rights:  the right to vote.  This right has been hard fought for some segments of our population.  With the results of the November election continuing to be questioned and challenged, those rights appear to be in danger.  Partisan legislation began to appear in some states almost immediately upon the certification of the election.  This rash of newly-enacted legislation appears to be aimed directly at voting groups which supported nominees from the Democratic party.  What do these restrictions and suppressive actions such as requiring identification for mail-in balloting, shorter hours at polling places, elimination of polling places in heavily minority areas, among others, hold for the future of Constitutional rights?  As it becomes more difficult to get to a voting site with limited hours in an area that has been redistricted to eliminate the participation of voters in that area, what will be the impact on not only local voters, but on the United States and its people?  Will we see a decrease in minorities, including women, being elected to office?  Will gains made by Black, Hispanic and women be set back due to the suppression of voting rights and opportunities to vote?  What will be the impact on cultural institutions and groups in the light of potentially erasing gains made through the civil rights struggles for those rights?  Is this really going to become “Jim Crow 2.0” as some have said?   Join us for an update on “One Year Later: Voting Rights in America,” a program that will show us the impact of this onslaught on voter rights, especially in the wake of the 2020 election, in denying the right to vote to large segments of the American population.  Our speaker is a familiar face at OLLI, Edwin Yohnka from the American Civil Liberties Union, who is returning to address these concerns with us.


Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Virtual - Any Location

Gene Gunsberg 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/30/2021 - 9/30/2021 Weekly - Thu 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Gene Gunsberg 
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