Protecting the Vote in 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

The 2016 elections served as yet another chapter in what renowned voting rights legal scholar Rick Hasen aptly calls “the voting wars.”  This was the first presidential election since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, voter-suppression measures continue to spread and our nation’s crumbling election infrastructure has not been properly repaired. All of these factors combine to increase fears that eligible American voters were wrongly turned away on November 8th. The good news is we have leaders across the country who are fighting back and protecting the right to vote.  This briefing brought together national voter-protection advocates for a discussion about the anticipated challenges, what voter-protection coalitions are doing to battle these problems and how you can help through your grantmaking.

Moderated by Erica Teasley Linnick, Open Society Foundations


  • Natalie Landreth, Native American Rights Fund
  • Chris Melody Fields Figueredo, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Dana Schultz, Wisconsin Voices