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National Non-partisan Voting Rights Organizations Team Up to Host Ninth Annual Voting and Elections Summit

For Immediate Release February 2, 2015

Contacts:

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat President and CEO U.S. and Overseas Vote Foundation Tel: (202) 470-2480/(202)230-2532 (cell)

Drew Spencer Senior Staff Attorney FairVote Tel: (301) 270-4616 /(520) 820-4249 (cell)

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 2, 2015—On February 5thand 6th, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the U.S. and Overseas Vote Foundation and FairVote will host the Ninth Annual Voting and Elections Summit. This exciting two-day Summit will encompass a variety of formats, including fast-paced interviews, deep discussion roundtables, and hands-on workshops, each designed to help participants examine and address election-related issues.

During the first day, attendees will gain broad exposure not just to the issues plaguing our election system, but also to the change-makers and existing projects in place to untangle them. This conference will feature keynotes from Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison and Vice President of Progress 2050 Vanessa Càrdenas followed by plenary sessions on topics ranging from tech innovation to engagement strategies. The second day, attendees will be invited to delve further into voting and election issues through interactive workshops. Facilitators will build on lessons from previous discussions while promoting collaborative brainstorming that gives participants the opportunity to utilize a shared economy of ideas.

The 2014 midterm election had the lowest turnout since 1942, with more than 144 million eligible voters not exercising their right to vote.  The 2015 Summit will provide the opportunity to immerse participants in a community of experts and advocates working together to examine the profound issues we face in 2016, and the chance to walk away with tools and strategies to move your work forward.

For more information about the conference or workshops, click here or email summit@overseasvotefoundation.org

WHO: Hosted by the U.S. Vote and Overseas Vote Foundation, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and FairVote. Keynote speakers include Vice President of Progress 2050, Center for American Progress, Vanessa Càrdenas, and Congressman Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. Gannett Washington Bureau Correspondent Deborah Berry will moderate a February 5th panel , For a list of additional speakers please click here.

WHAT:Ninth Annual Voting and Elections Summit

WHEN:Thursday, February 5th 2015
Conference: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Reception: 6:15 p.m.to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 6th 2015
Workshop: 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m 

WHERE: Thursday February 5th, 2015
Media and Public Affairs Building, Jack Morton Auditorium
George Washington University
805 21st NW
Washington, D.C. 20052

Friday, February 6th 2015
Winston and Strawn
1700 K St NW, 12th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20052 

RSVP: Participants are required to register for the event, with the option to attend one or both days.  To register, click here.

About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

About the U.S. Vote Foundation

U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) provides voters with public access to innovative voter information, registration and absentee ballot request tools and services. More information is available at www.usvotefoundation.org.

About Overseas Vote Foundation

Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) is dedicated to doing one thing well: helping overseas American citizens and uniformed services voters register faster, more easily and accurately than ever before. More information is available at www.overseasvotefoundation.org

About FairVote

FairVote makes democracy fair, functional, and representative by developing the analysis and educational tools necessary for our reform partners to win and sustain improvements to American elections. FairVote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a history of working with people from across the spectrum. More information is available at http://www.fairvote.org/

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