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Protecting Democracy: Implementing Equal and Safe Access to the Ballot Box During a Global Pandemic

LPPI and UCLA VRP hosted a webinar to discuss the importance of vote-by-mail programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.


The UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute (LPPI) and the Voting Rights Project, the marquee advocacy project of UCLA LPPI, hosted a webinar on April 2nd to discuss the importance of vote-by-mail programs in upcoming primaries and the November general election amid the coronavirus pandemic. As the ongoing public health crisis raises concerns about voter turnout, particularly in underserved communities and for voters of color, now is the time to ensure everyone will have a fair chance to participate in the important upcoming elections.

UCLA LPPI hosted the following expert panelists:

  • Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State
  • Pamela Karlan, Stanford Law School
  • Neal Kelley, Orange County Registrar
  • Sonja Diaz, UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Institute
  • Matt Barreto, UCLA Voting Rights Project
  • Chad Dunn, UCLA Voting Rights Project

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