Our founders laid the groundwork for a form of government that never existed before in history. Democracy: an opportunity for ordinary people to have a real voice in how they are governed. The founders understood that there would always be conditions that would undermine democracy and our sense of nationhood. We are now seeing that their concerns were real, as democracy is jeopardized by suppression of voter’s rights and gerrymandering. Our speakers will discuss these two forces and how they undermine the strength and integrity of our American democracy.
David Becker, is the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, a cutting-edge non-profit that works to improve election administration through research, data, and technology. Prior to founding CEIR, David was Director of the elections program at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and also served under two administrations as a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Voting Section.
Thomas Wolf, Counsel with the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, focuses on redistricting litigation and regularly participates as an amicus in matters pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. His articles and op-eds on racial and partisan gerrymandering have appeared in Time, The Hill, U.S. News & World Report, and The American Prospect, among other outlets.