Program Details

Voting Rights (and Wrongs): Are Our Elections Really Free and Fair?

Instructor
Roy Klein
Category
ESP03233
Video Catch-up
Available

Course Description

With the 2020 Presidential election nearly upon us, we all should be focused on whether our election process is a fair one that truly reflects the promise of “one person, one vote.” This presentation reviews the history and status of the evolving constitutional and statutory framework that now guarantees the right to vote for each U.S. citizen who is 18 or older. It then discusses various potential threats to that hard-earned right, including apportionment rules, gerrymandering, “dark money,” voter fraud, voter suppression, and election meddling and interference.

About the Instructor

  • Roy Klein, JD, Esq. is an honors graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a two-time Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. In forty years of legal practice with a small Manhattan law firm, with a large national law firm and as a sole practitioner, he represented large companies, small businesses, and individuals as both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial, employment, and constitutional/civil-rights litigation. As president of the Nassau County (N.Y.) chapter of the ACLU, Klein spoke regularly to high school, college, civic, and community groups on a wide variety of constitutional/civil-liberties issues. He also contributed to a recently published Time Kids publication for middle-schoolers about the Constitution.