League of Women Voters to hold conference discussing the state of democracy in the U.S.

Published 10:16 am Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The League of Women Voters of Oxford-North Mississippi will hold a special series of open, public conversations that will occur in March 2022 leading up to the June midterm primaries. The topic of the conference is “Democracy in Crisis,” an open discussion about voter suppression, gerrymandering, threats against elected officials and manipulation of the electoral college.

“Voting is everyone’s right given to them by the Constitution, yet even though 19 states have written restrictive voting laws to make it harder to vote, Mississippi is still the hardest place to vote because, for years, the legislators have intentionally written legislation to disenfranchise black and brown voters,” said Evelyn Smith, VP for Voter Services, League of Women Voters Oxford/North Mississippi.

Each session will be 60 minutes and will address a specific concern that currently threatens democracy in the U.S. Each session will open with a speaker who is an expert on the session’s topic. Each session will have an invited moderator to facilitate participant interaction.

On March 2, LWVMS Legislative Liason Emmanuel Williams will speak on voter suppression with LWVMS Co-president Carol Andersen as moderator.

Civil Rights Attorney Barbara Phillips will speak on gerrymandering, a tactic that allows parties to manipulate boundaries in their favor, with Don Mason, Ole Miss’ former Associate Director of National Center for Law and Justice, as moderator.

Attacks on elected officials will be discussed on Mar. 23. Mississippi’s Secretary of State Michael Watson will take the lead as speaker with University of Mississippi School of Law’s Professor Emerita Joanne Gabrynowicz as moderator.

Lastly, LWVUS Snenior Director for Voting and Elections Adam Ambroji will speak on Electoral College manipulations with LWVOXNMS Co-president Ruth O’Dell as moderator.

Each week prior to the session, one link with an article that introduces the reader to the week’s topic will be emailed to the membership, posted on our Facebook page, and sent to other Leagues in the state.