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Protecting Our Vote: A Conversation with Eric Holder and Ari Berman

Organizer: Mother Jones

The right to vote is under attack, with Election Day 2020 just more than one year away. From states passing new voter suppression laws to gerrymandering efforts that manipulate district lines, it's becoming increasingly difficult for voters to exercise our democratic rights. Yet a surge in civic action to protect these rights is building momentum, and former US Attorney General Eric Holder is leading the fight for ballot access and against unfair voting maps. As we near an election year that will shape voting maps for the next decade, join Holder in conversation with Mother Jones senior reporter Ari Berman as they discuss the current state of voting rights in America.

Location: Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052

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Those who participated were a combination of new voters and people who needed to update their registration information.

Off-year record shattered on National Voter Registration Day

The 2020 primaries are just around the corner, and thanks to this year's National Voter Registration Day, an additional 400,000 people are ready to cast their ballots.

The estimated number of registrations is nearly three times that of previous non-election-year events. And while some of these new or renewed registrants can now participate in local and state elections this fall, many are gearing up for important primary races happening as early as February of next year.

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"The act of registering to vote, and even voting in the next election, does not translate into becoming a repeat, regular voter," write the authors.

Your voting habits may depend on when you registered to vote

Shino is an assistant professor of political science at the University of North Florida. Smith is a professor and chair of political science at the University of Florida.

When eligible citizens register to vote, it doesn't necessarily mean that they will turn out.

Voting in the United States is a two-step process. Citizens in every state except North Dakota must first register before casting a ballot.

As we discuss in our article in Electoral Studies, the timing of when a voter registers to vote affects whether they vote in the upcoming election. It also relates to whether they become a repeat voter, or what political scientists refer to as a "habitual voter."

Our findings could have an impact on turnout this November and in future elections.

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Secretary of State Frank LaRose described the culling of non-voters from the registration files as an enormous housekeeping victory.

Ohio purge ends with most culled because they haven't voted

The controversial culling of Ohio's voter rolls ended this week after the deletion of another 182,000 registrations, or 2 percent of the statewide total, in one of the nation's biggest electoral bellwethers. Most were purged only because they haven't voted in six years.

The process began three years ago with the targeting of 6 percent of the entries in the records. About half of those were removed in an initial round, in January, after a series of legal fights. The second round has gained new scrutiny because the state's 8 million voters will be courted intensely by both presidential campaigns. No Republican has ever won the White House without Ohio, which has 18 electoral votes.

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