NAACP Des Moines Sponsors Voting Rights Expert, Elizabeth Hira

Updated: Oct 18


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact : secretary@naacpdesmoines.org


Voting Rights Expert to Speak


The Iowa Legislature and elected officials across the nation have worked for many years passing legislation that creates unnecessary barriers to vote. Many Iowans are alarmed about the trend and concerned about access to voting for all citizens, but particularly for communities that have been historically disenfranchised.


The Freedom to Vote Act – America’s Next Great Civil Rights Bill: A Deep Dive with Elizabeth Hira is an upcoming event featuring nationally recognized expert Elizabeth Hira from the Brennan Center for Justice. The all-virtual event will be held Tuesday, November 9 at 6:30 PM (central). The event is open to the public and to the media.


The event is an important opportunity for Iowans to learn about the national voting rights legislation currently moving its way through Congress that will provide basic protections for the right to vote in all states.


Registration is required for the event and can be accessed at: https://bit.ly/Freedom2Vote


The Freedom to Vote Act would create a baseline national standard for voting access, preempting many of the most onerous restrictions that have been passed or proposed in many states, including Iowa. The FVA would expand opportunities for all Americans to cast their ballots, prevent legislative attempts to suppress the vote, voter registration, and more.


Elizabeth Hira is a Spitzer Fellow and Policy Counsel with the Brennan Center, focusing on large-scale democracy reform that centers equity. Elizabeth worked as a lawyer in the U.S. Congress most recently with former Senator Kamala Harris. She holds a BA from Stanford University and Juris Doctorate from Georgetown Law School.


Learn more about the Freedom to Vote Act here: https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/freedom-vote-act


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Sponsoring organizations of the event include:


Des Moines Branch – NAACP

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa

League of Women Voters of Iowa

League of Women Voters Metro Des Moines Branch

Links, Inc., Des Moines Chapter


Other collaborating organizations include:


Ames Branch – NAACP

Black Women 4 Health

Children and Families First

Des Moines Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Epsilon Theta Sigma Alumnae Chapter, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Iota Zeta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,

Nu Mu Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Tawasi Federated Women’s Club -NACWC