The ongoing fight for what is considered the vary basis of democracy, the universal right to vote, has been a series of battles at the heart of U.S. history since our founding. Critical victories have been exceedingly hard fought, and many aspects of highly impactful voter suppression remain deeply contentious today. A historical review of this topic will be combined with detail of current battles over voting rights and gerrymandered districts.

Suggested Reading: The Fight to Vote, Michael Waldman, NY: Simon and Schuster, 2016

Kit Dobelle served in the White House and the State Department during the Carter Administration, and has been an active participant in local, state and national politics since that period.

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