The United States has a lengthy history of voter disenfranchisement targeting Black populations. Through her work at the Brennan Center, Attorney Nicole Austin-Hillery presents the history of voter disenfranchisement of Black people in the United States, beginning with post-slavery laws restricting voting access and ending with current efforts to disenfranchise people through voter ID and felony conviction laws. After tracing the intersectionality of racial discrimination and voter disenfranchisement in the United States, Austin-Hillery presents current strategies that the Brennan Center employs to combat voter disenfranchisement and encourage voting at large, and what individuals can do in order to effect change and combat voter disenfranchisement. The Article's content was presented at the Symposium “Perspectives on Racial Justice in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter” on October 20, 2017.
Nicole Austin-Hillery, SYMPOSIUM—PERSPECTIVES ON RACIAL JUSTICE IN THE ERA OF #BLACKLIVESMATTER: VOTING DISENFRANCHISEMENT, 40 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 415 (2018), https://digitalcommons.law.wne.edu/lawreview/vol40/iss3/3