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Feb 13 2020

Student Rights Under Attack: The 26th Amendment and You

5:30-6:30PM, Sanford Building 04

The 26th Amendment guarantees voting rights to Americans over the age of 18. However, even as young people still face many barriers to voting, the last decade has seen a profusion of attempts to keep students from exercising that right, from new strict voter identification laws, to confusion about the right to vote at campus addresses, to gerrymandering of campus precincts, to efforts to close down campus polling places. Why is this happening? Who doesn’t want students to vote—and why? What can we do to protect our voices and use our power, particularly when the youth vote is on the rise?

Join the Hart Leadership Program, the Duke Human Rights Center at FHI, Polis, and DemocracyNC on Feb. 13th from 5:30 to 6:30 for a conversation with legal scholar and attorney Yael Bromberg about the history, present, and future of the struggle to secure young people’s democratic rights. Bromberg is the leading authority on the hard-won 26th Amendment, which has rarely been used as a legal tool to fight back. Should it be?

Yael Bromberg is a constitutional rights attorney with over fifteen years of experience in community organizing, advocacy, and campaigns. She is currently Chief Counsel for Voting Rights for The Andrew Goodman Foundation, and Principal of Bromberg Law LLC. She previously worked at Georgetown University Law Center’s Civil Rights Clinic and Voting Rights Institute as a supervising attorney and teaching fellow, where she also received an L.L.M. in Advocacy with distinction. Ms. Bromberg’s pathbreaking article and legal call to arms, “Youth Voting Rights & The Unfulfilled Promise of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment,” was recently published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. See more about the event on Facebook.

At the event, we showed this video testimonial of a former Duke student whose vote was not counted, effectively disenfranchising her in the 2016 elections.