Panel: What is the "Cost" of Voting in Virginia?

Panel: What is the "Cost" of Voting in Virginia?

 Wednesday, October 2  7-8:30 pm     Free and open to the public

Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers Blacksburg Municipal Building
300 South Main Street, Blacksburg

When the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder limited the reach of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, some states enacted a number of voting requirements that increased the difficulty of voting. In a 2018 publication, researchers ranked Virginia the second hardest state in which to vote; only in Mississippi is it harder.

What makes it hard to vote in Virginia? What are the consequences for voter participation and representation?

Map showing difficulty of voting in the states

Panelists and Moderator

photo, Charles Walcott Karen Hult, Professor of Political Science Head shot, Wornie Reed Head shot, Beth Obenshain
Charles Walcott
Political Science
Karen Hult
Political Science
Wornie Reed
Race and Social Policy Center

Elizabeth Obenshain  League of Women Voters

The concept of voting in Democracy, history of enfranchisement, impacts of limited participation How does Virginia compare in voting requirements with other states? How do our requirements affect outcomes? Impact of voting requirements on particular populations: When voting is hard, who stops voting? Moderator


League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, VA

Lifelong Learning Institute at Virginia Tech

Montgomery-Radford-Floyd Branch, NAACP