Speaker: Olivia Zink, Executive Director of Open Democracy Action
Money-in-politics, voting rights, redistricting, and/or other democracy reform legislation are moving in Concord and Washington DC. Come learn about the good and bad of these bills and what actions you can take to make a difference. Urgent action is needed to ensure fair maps. Come learn about efforts at the State House and actions at the local level to ensure adequate representation. We will look at the key role gerrymandering plays in denying many voters fair representation. NH Legislature passed several bills restricting voting rights while it simultaneously refused to adopt measures that would ensure fairer elections and more equal access to the ballot box. This is a pattern being played out in state legislatures across the country, driven by a long-term political strategy on the right.
Olivia Zink is the Executive Director of Open Democracy Action a non-partisan pro voter organization. Olivia also spent a year in Bolivia working with the Democracy Center. In 2008, she was named one of New Hampshire’s “40 under 40,” by the NH Union Leader. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Sustainable Living, and a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a master’s degree in Community Economic Development. She is currently serving as the Interim Mayor in the City of Franklin.