2005 Founders' Celebration Events

Election Protection and Democracy Expansion: A Constitutional Reform Agenda for the New Century

March 31, 2005
1:00pm - 7:00 p.m.

Program Brochure | Program Agenda

The conference will feature three panel discussions.The invited panelists - Democrats and Republicans; academics, politicians, and pundits - possess an impressive array of political perspectives, experience, and expertise.

The first panel "Do We Need a Constitutional Amendment Guaranteeing the Right to Vote?", addresses the necessity of extending disenfranchised Americans the right to vote and be represented.

In the second panel,"Graduating from Electoral College: Red-White-and Blue Proposals to Nationalize Our Presidential Elections" panelists will discuss creative ways to transcend and transform the electoral college system to usher in direct national popular elections for president. A defender of the electoral college will respond.

A third panel, "Diversifying Democracy: Enhancing Women and Minorities´┐Ż Chances for Political Participation and Electoral Success", will address proposals to render the electoral system more accessible to women and minority candidates.

" Do We Need a Constitutional Amendment Guaranteeing the Right to Vote?"

  • John Bonifaz, Founder and General Counsel, National Voting Rights Institute
  • Kim Gandy, President, National Organization for Women
  • Alex Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling, Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Spencer Overton, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Jamin Raskin, Professor of Law, Washington College of Law
  • Frank Watkins, Press Secretary, Director of Communication,Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

" Graduating from Electoral College: Red-White-and Blue Proposals to Nationalize Our Presidential Elections"

  • George C. Edwards, Professor of Political Science, Texas A & M University
  • John Koza, Electoral College Activist
  • Amy Morris, Political Analysis Coordinator, VotePair.org
  • Jamin Raskin, Professor of Law, Washington College of Law
  • Peter Shane, Professor of Law, Ohio State University

" Diversifying Democracy: Enhancing Women and Minorities' Chances for Political Participation and Electoral Success"

Moderator: Mary Clark, Professor of Law, Washington College of Law

  • Roger Clegg, Vice President and General Counsel, Center for Equal Opportunity
  • Anita Earls, Director of Advocacy, University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights
  • David Moon, Program Director, Full Representation Program, Center for Voting and Democracy

For further information, please contact The Office of Special Events & CLE at 202-274-4075.

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