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Thursday, May 18 • 12:50pm - 1:50pm
Why Helping Least Likely Voters Helps Us All - The Curb Cut Effect Applied To Elections

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This panel will discuss the challenges that illuminate why certain groups consistently are underrepresented in the electorate.  From language and cultural barriers to physical limitations for voters with disabilities, this panel will look at the moral, civics, and economic case for more inclusive practices and infrastructure in accommodating the diverse needs of Californians. Applying the Curb Cut Effect, which posits that laws and programs designed to benefit vulnerable groups, benefit us all, this panel will examine the barriers, solutions, and potential benefits of investing equitably in our election systems so that every American has a meaningful opportunity to participate.



Moderators
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Christopher M. Brown

Director for Financial Security, PolicyLink
Christopher M. Brown, Director for Financial Security, leads the financial security and political mobilization efforts at PolicyLink. Previously overseeing federal policy and government affairs, he now focuses on local, state, and nationwide strategies for policies that enhance economic mobility, and serves as the Co-Chair of the... Read More →

Speakers
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Deanna Kitamura

Project Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Deanna Kitamura is a Project Director of the Voting Rights Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles. Her work includes ensuring that counties comply with their language assistance requirements at poll sites. She is one of the co-authors of Advancing Justice’s Vo... Read More →
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Dean Logan

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Los Angeles County
Dean Logan has over 25 years experience in elections administration, records management and public service. Prior to moving to Southern California, Logan served as the Director of Records, Elections and Licensing Services for King County, Washington, as State Elections Director f... Read More →
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Fred Nisen

Supervising Attorney for Voting Rights, Disability Rights California
Fred Nisen is the supervising attorney for Disability Rights California’s (DRC’s) Voting Rights Unit, working out of its Oakland office. DRC is California’s federally mandated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities. Mr. Nisen has worked for DRC for the last 18 years. For the past nine years, Mr. Nisen has been working on voting issues for Disability Rights California. He currently coordinates... Read More →
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Jonathan Stein

Staff Attorney and Voting Rights Program Manager, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Jonathan is the head of the voting rights program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus and previously served as a voting rights staff attorney for the ACLU of California. He is Chair of the Board of Directors at California Common Cause, a Commissioner on the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission, and the host of a video/podcast series on UCtv called In The Arena. While earning his MPP and JD from UC Berkeley, Jonathan served as the Student Regent on the University of... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:50pm - 1:50pm
UC Hastings, Room B