NewDEAL’s Democracy 2021 series highlights innovative policy and outstanding leadership at the state and local levels from leaders working to increase civic engagement, promote public service, and make it easier to participate in our democracy. Last November’s election provides hope for the future, with record voter turnout and incredible efforts across the country to ensure access to the ballot box amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, the events following that election have reminded us that our democracy remains under threat, both from policy proposals to undermine it and from the effects of deep divisions among the American people. We are committed to providing a forum to share ideas and best practices for overcoming these obstacles and for ensuring that 2021 is a year of continued progress toward a stronger, more inclusive democracy.
In our second entry to the Democracy 2021 Series, we heard from NewDEAL Leader and St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, Co-Director of Democracy Rising Maria Perez, and President and CEO of FairVote Rob to reflect on how ranked-choice voting has performed in New York and elsewhere, and the reasons for the momentum behind voting reforms.
Voting Rights in the States | March 23, 2021
In our first Voting Rights Forum, we heard from Myrna Pérez, Director of the Brennan Center’s Voting Rights and Elections Program, and NewDEAL Leaders and Alumni on the frontlines dealing with Republican efforts to make voting harder in their states, including Georgia State Senator Jen Jordan, Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran, and former Maricopa County, AZ Recorder Adrian Fontes.