Preemption of Local Election Administration
This session examines state preemption of local authority to administer elections on the impact that is having in key battleground states. Following the thoroughly discredited claims of election fraud in the 2020 election, several states have implemented policies to take authority away from local election boards, restrict ballot access, redraw district maps to favor candidates of a certain party, and potentially overturn local election results. All of these changes disempower voters, particularly from urban and marginalized communities. This session will discuss some of these trends at a national level and then engage with advocates on the ground in Texas and North Carolina to understand the real impact of this preemption.
Speaker: Richard Briffault, Deandrea Newsome, Luis Figueroa, and Marissa Roy