6:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m. Reception to follow panel
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW (corner of Yuma
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
Deborah Nichols, Chair of the DC Elections Board, was appointed to the Board after serving as D.C. Auditor and in various
capacities in the Office of the Auditor since 1983.
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
The Forum is one activity of a League of Women Voters study
of the DC Electoral Process.