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Oct 25 2018

Student Voting Rights: Why They Matter, How They Are Lost

5:30-7PM, Fleishman Commons

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student survivor and organizer will join a Duke alumna and a civil rights leader in the fight against gerrymandering, to reflect on the current challenges to student voting rights during a free public talk on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Duke University.

Panelists include:

  • Anita Earls, founder of Southern Coalition for Social Justice and a civil rights attorney who has litigated gerrymandering and defended voting rights across the South
  • Sari Kaufman, survivor of the Parkland school shooting, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and voting activist
  • Symonne Singleton (T’17), disenfranchised in the 2014 mid-term election.

This panel discussion, “Student Voting Rights: Why They Matter,” will be moderated by public policy professor Gunther Peck and will include an audience Q&A. This Connect2Politics event will take place in the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Fleishman Commons, 5:30-7 p.m.

NC Supreme Court candidate Anita Earls is responsible for litigating successful challenges to North Carolina’s voter suppression law and unfair redistricting plans. Sari Kauffman’s response to the tragic shooting of her peers last Valentine’s Day has been to mobilize thousands of student voters and get them to the polls. Duke alumna Symonne Singleton discovered her first vote as an adult didn’t count.

“Imagine if you are fired up to vote in the first election after turning 18, and you find out you were disenfranchised,” said Gunther Peck, public policy professor and Hart Leadership Program director. “Symonne had that happen to her in 2014 and now vows to work to make sure her experience isn’t repeated with other youth. To bring these three passionate advocates for voting and fair political processes will ensure a thorough examination of the challenges students face today in casting their ballots and being counted.”

This Connect2Politics exposes students who are interested in political engagement to a new generation of young political leaders and is sponsored the Hart Leadership Program at Duke University and co-sponsored by the Sanford School of Public Policy.