The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism.
Douglas Hess, CCAS PhD ’12, assistant professor at Grinnell College, recently received a discretionary grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to study effective, low-cost strategies for states to better implement the National Voter Registration Act.
With a Press Conference at the steps of City Hall; the New York Immigration Coalition, in partnership with the New York City Council, NYC Votes, the Board of Elections, and the New York City Department of Education, announced Student Voter Registration Day (SVRD) to be held in 60 high schools across New York City’s five boroughs.
Cazenovia College hosted its 16th Annual Great Debate on the question of whether or not federal same day voter registration should be available in New York State. The Great Debate included prepared arguments, cross examination and questions from the audience. Two teams, affirmative and opposition, tackled the pros and cons of the issue of whether New York State should allow same day voter registration.
In what was called the "Freedom Summer" of 1964, more than 800 volunteers, most of them college students, gathered at the Western College for Women (now Western Campus of Miami University) to prepare for African-American voter registration in the South. Three of the volunteers - James Chaney of Mississippi, and Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner of New York - disappeared on June 21, 1964, in rural Mississippi mere days after leaving Oxford, Ohio.