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National voting rights hearing on Tuesday at University of Minnesota Law School

The National Commission on Voting Rights will hold a hearing Tuesday in Minneapolis, at the University of Minnesota's Law School.

The commission, organized by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is holding hearings around the country to collect testimony on restrictive voting laws, election reforms and other election administration matters.

Tuesday's hearing in Minneapolis will look specifically at the voting landscape in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

It runs from 4 to 8 p.m., at the U of M Law School's Walter F. Mondale Hall, 229 19th Av. S., Minneapolis.

Scheduled are:

  • Panels — There will be formal panels of witnesses representing voting rights organizations, community leaders, election officials and other stakeholders. Witnesses are encouraged to submit written testimony in advance of the hearing. The panel of commissioners also will receive the testimony orally and may ask follow up questions.
  • Public Testimony — There will be opportunities throughout the event for Minnesota and Wisconsin voters to testify about their experiences.

Those scheduled to appear include:

  • Biko Baker, League of Young Voters
  • Professor Lawrence Jacobs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  •  Wenda Weeks Moore, regent emeritus, University of Minnesota
  •  Mark Ritchie, Minnesota secretary of state
  • Warren Spannaus, former attorney general of Minnesota.

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