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Voting Rights in California and Our Communities

On Wednesday, September 20, between noon and 2:00 p.m., the League of Women Voters will have a panel discussion on voting rights in the Faulkner Gallery at the Central Library.  

The recent changes to the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court have made laws possible in many states that indirectly and directly lead to voter suppression, particularly voter ID laws. Implementation of voter ID laws can disproportionately impact low-income, elderly, and other underrepresented populations. The League of Women Voters has a continuous history of working to prevent barriers to voting (like voter ID laws), advocating for voter rights, and getting individuals the information they need to register and vote. 

At this panel discussion speakers will discuss how and why to protect voting rights, including:

  • A brief history of voting rights and voter suppression in the U.S. - Ted Anagnoson, professor emeritus of political science at Cal State LA and a Visiting Professor at UCSB 
  • The impact of gerrymandering and other means of voter suppression on minority voters, and the results of California's new redistricting process - Dr. Gregory K. Freeland, professor of political science at California Lutheran University
  • Efforts of grassroots activists to promote civic engagement, remove barriers, and provide opportunities and information to support Latino and other underrepresented voters - Marcos Vargas, Executive Director, Fund for Santa Barbara

This forum is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Public Library, and SBTV.

Information about Santa Barbara Public Library System locations, hours, events, and programs is available at All Library programs are free and open to the public.

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