Media, Press Releases / 05.13.20

MEDIA ADVISORY: New Findings Reveal Troubling Racial Disparities in Voter Turnout in Wisconsin’s April 2020 Primary

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 11AM EST / 10AM CST, leaders from All Voting Is Local, Demos and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will hold a press call to discuss stark racial disparities in voter turnout in Milwaukee during the April 2020 primary. In a collaborative new analysis of 2020 Wisconsin election data, the groups clearly show that wards with higher Black and Hispanic populations had significantly lower voter turnout compared to wards with a high percentage of white residents. Speakers will also outline steps Wisconsin can take to ensure elections remain free, fair, and safe for all.

The analysis will be released at 12 noon EST, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Reporters who RSVP to attend the press call will receive an advance embargoed copy.

The analysis — prepared by Shruti Banerjee, Senior Policy Analyst at Demos, and Dr. Megan Gall, National Data Director at All Voting is Local — reveals troubling patterns in 2020 election data. While a recently-passed measure in Milwaukee will help to curb some of the damaging disenfranchisement the COVID-19 crisis has wrought on communities of color, state and local election officials must do more to remove barriers to the ballot and ensure no one is forced to choose between their safety and making their voice heard.

WHAT:

Press briefing on new data analysis of Wisconsin Primary turnout and policy recommendations to ensure free, fair, and safe elections.  

WHO:

  • Ashley Allison, Executive Vice President of Campaigns and Programs, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Shruti Banerjee, Senior Policy Analyst, Demos
  • Dr. Megan Gall, National Data Director, All Voting Is Local
  • Robin Reese, Wisconsin resident.
  • Chiraag Bains, Director of Legal Strategies, Demos

WHEN: 

Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM ET / 10:00 AM CT

DIAL IN

1 (888) 896-0862
Passcode: 49693514

 

RSVP/MEDIA CONTACT:

Kelly Brewington, kelly@allvotingislocal.org, 202.548.7159

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All Voting is Local fights to eliminate needless and discriminatory barriers to voting before they happen, to build a democracy that works for us all. It is a collaborative campaign housed at The Leadership Conference Education Fund, in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation; the American Constitution Society; the Campaign Legal Center; and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. For more information about All Voting is Local, visit https://allvotingislocal.org and follow us on Twitter @votingislocal.

Demos is a dynamic think-and-do tank that powers the movement for a just, inclusive, multiracial democracy. Through cutting-edge policy research, inspiring litigation, and deep relationships with grassroots organizations, Demos champions solutions that will create a democracy and economy rooted in racial equity. To learn more, visit www.demos.org.