Voter Sabotage: Will YOU Be Able To Vote?
The right to vote is taken for granted. For too many, however, that right is being suppressed. Voter suppression is a strategy used to influence the outcomes of elections by discouraging or preventing specific groups of people from voting. How do we see it today? In laws that restrict voter access. As of March 2021, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, 361 bills that would restrict voting access have been introduced in 47 states, including Missouri. In the words of John Lewis: “Voting is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have.” Learn from our experts on what's happening in Missouri and what you can do to protect everyone's right to vote and have their voice be heard at the ballot box.
Denise Lieberman is a nationally recognized voter rights lawyer who has been on the front line of voting rights decisions in Missouri and our nation for 20 years. She serves as director and general counsel for the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition (MOVPC), a nonpartisan statewide network of voter advocates that includes civil rights, labor, faith and civic engagement groups who collaborate to advance voting rights strategy in the state. She has testified in support of the Voting Rights Advancement As the former national director of power and democracy for the Advancement Project national office, she led voting rights cases with partners in states around the country. At Washington University, Lieberman is the faculty director of the Voter Access and Engagement Initiative as well as an adjunct professor of law and political science. In addition, she serves as a consultant for the Brennan Center for Justice. Before joining Advancement Project in 2006, Lieberman served as legal director of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri.
Mo Del Villar is the legislative associate for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri. She is responsible for working with elected officials and community organizations on issues related to the rights of Missourians. As a former intern with ACLU’s Washington, DC, legislative office, she worked with the criminal justice team to provide research and analysis on proposals focusing on sentencing, re-entry, clemency and women's prison issues. This work was used to create “A Roadmap for Criminal Justice Reform,” which provided concrete proposals addressing reform issues affecting diverse communities. She served two U.S. senators and a U.S. congresswoman in Washington. Her portfolio included judiciary nominations; technology, science and environmental protections; and national security issues.