March 31, 2022

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Gilda R. Daniels (NYU Law '90), Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law and Author of, Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America joined in conversation with Wendy Weiser, Vice President of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center to discuss Daniels's book and the crisis of voter suppression today. 

Uncounted examines the phenomenon of disenfranchisement through the lens of history, race, law, and the democratic process. Gilda R. Daniels, who served as Deputy Chief in the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and has more than two decades of voting rights experience, argues that voter suppression works in cycles, constantly adapting and finding new ways to hinder access for an exponentially growing minority population. She warns that a premeditated strategy of restrictive laws and deceptive practices has taken root and is eroding the very basis of American democracy―the right to vote!

This program was co-sponsored by the NYU Brademas Center and the NYU Brennan Center for Justice, and is open to everyone. Registration was required in order to receive the Zoom log-in details and this session was recorded. 


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Gilda R. Daniels

Gilda R. Daniels

Gilda R. Daniels (NYU LAW '90) serves as a Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is a nationally recognized voting rights and election law expert. She is a former Deputy Chief in the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section. Professor Daniels has more than two decades of voting rights/election law experience. She has investigated, negotiated and litigated cases involving the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the National Voter Registration Act and other voting statutes.  She is the author of UNCOUNTED: Voter Suppression in the United States (NYU Press) released in January 2020.

Wendy Weiser

Wendy Weiser

Wendy Weiser directs the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan think tank and public interest law center that works to revitalize, reform, and defend systems of democracy and justice. Her program focuses on voting rights and elections, money in politics and ethics, redistricting and representation, government dysfunction, rule of law, and fair courts. She founded and directed the program’s Voting Rights and Elections Project, directing litigation, research, and advocacy efforts to enhance political participation and prevent voter disenfranchisement across the country.

An answer to the assault on voting rights—crucial reading in light of the 2020 presidential election.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is considered one of the most effective pieces of legislation the United States has ever passed. It enfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters, particularly in the American South, and drew attention to the problem of voter suppression. Yet in recent years there has been a continuous assault on access to the ballot box in the form of stricter voter ID requirements, meritless claims of rigged elections, and baseless accusations of voter fraud. In the past these efforts were aimed at eliminating African American voters from the rolls, and today, new laws seek to eliminate voters of color, the poor, and the elderly, groups that historically vote for the Democratic Party.

Learn more about the book on NYU Press.