The Right to Vote: Past, Present and Future

The Right to Vote: Past, Present and Future


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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote and the founding of the League of Women Voters by Carrie Chapman Catt of Ripon, WI, this panel will discuss the historical and contemporary importance of the struggle to expand and protect suffrage in the United States.

Panelists will include:

  • Genevieve McBride, Professor of History Emerita at UWM, has written and lectured extensively on the 19th Amendment. She will address Carrie Chapman Catt’s role in achieving women’s suffrage and how that struggle is relevant for protecting the right to vote today.
  • Deborah Turner, national President of the League of Women Voters (LWV), will speak on what the challenges are today in promoting voting rights for all Americans.
  • Barry Burden, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Elections Research Center, and the Lyons Family Chair in Electoral Politics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will address issues of voting methods (especially mail-in ballots), voter ID laws, and gerrymandering.

Ellen Sorensen, member of the LWV of the Ripon Area, will moderate the event.

Time will be set aside for questions from viewers after the discussion among panelists.

If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Brian Smith, co-director of the Center for Politics and the People at Ripon College, at smithb [at] Attendees will be sent an email to register for the event about a week beforehand, followed by the link to join the event a few days before.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Politics and the People and the League of Women Voters of the Ripon Area.