Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, District of Columbia, the DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, DC Vote, and the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
A Panel Discussion with David Grosso, Rob Ritchie, Deborah Nichols, Peter Rosenstein and Deborah Nichols (invited) moderated by Kathryn Ray
Reception to follow panel discussion
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
Moot Court Room, 5th Floor
4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW (corner of Yuma and Connecticut)
Metro Red Line: Van Ness/UDC
2 blocks north at corner of Yuma and Connecticut
Would changing the DC voting process encourage greater voter participation and increase voter confidence? Low voter turnouts are common in the District, and the number of voters seems to be declining. Only 25% of registered voters cast a ballot in the April 1, 2014 primary, down from the 37% who voted in the September 2010 primary.
The panel for the Electoral Process Forum will discuss options for improving the electoral system to encourage greater involvement by citizens and to provide a voice to all. Hear the different perspectives of key players in the electoral process and join in the discussion.
David Grosso, At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia, introduced 3 bills related to the electoral process in March 2014. They include 1) Open Primaries; 2) Instant Run-Off; 3) Clean Hands Elections
Rob Richie, Executive Director of FairVote, will discuss his organization’s support for ranked choice voting, the National Popular Vote plan for president, voter preregistration for young people, universal voter registration, a constitutional right to vote, and fair representation voting forms of proportional representation.
Deborah Nichols, Chair of the DC Board of Elections , was appointed to the Board after serving as D.C. Auditor and in various capacities in the Office of the Auditor since 1983.
Peter Rosenstein, Executive Director of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and former Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia, supports closed primaries. He is in favor of run-off elections separated from primaries.
Moderator: Kathryn Ray, Immediate Past President, League of Women Voters, District of Columbia; Reference Librarian, American University Library
The Forum is one activity of a League of Women Voters study of the DC Electoral Process.