In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, advocates' and experts' consensus has moved toward states needing to vastly expand their vote by mail programs to ensure people are able to exercise their right to vote and do so safely. As the laws and specific practices are debated, we need to know more about how increased emphasis on mail balloting will impact communities of color specifically. This webinar will examine the state of the existing and forthcoming research on this topic, what we are seeing happening already on the ground, and what further research or other work we need to do to ensure an inclusive election. We hope that we can come away with an understanding of the useful data we have; research needs and how we might address them; as well as recommendations for how we can use what we know to inform programs that maximize easy and safe voting for people of color.
Note: This discussion is open to the philanthropic community and field practitioners.
Nick Chedli Carter, Resilient Democracy Fund
Kristen Clarke, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Quentin Mays, Analyst Institute
Charles Stewart, MIT
Tova Wang, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
Co-hosts: Democracy and Power Innovation Fund and Resilient Democracy Fund
Cosponsors: Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, Economic Opportunity Funders, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Maryland Philanthropy Network, Philanthropy New York and United Philanthropy Forum.
This briefing is offered free of charge thanks to FCCP members’ financial support.