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Election Disrupted with Spencer Overton and Arturo Vargas
COVID-19 has surfaced important issues around the fall national elections. This week on VISION, we're continuing our deep-dive into election process for the second part of our "Election Disrupted" series.

As national conversations about voting during a national health crisis continue, critical questions are surfacing: how will we ensure all eligible voters can cast a ballot? What will it take to build a fair, inclusive voting processes during a pandemic?

We'll be joined by Spencer Overton, President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Arturo Vargas, CEO of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

They'll lend their insights on the forthcoming election, building inclusive voting practices and ensuring the current crisis doesn't erase the voice of Americans.

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VISION is a weekly Knight Foundation show about the trends, ideas and disruptions changing the face of our democracy. Hosted by Sam Gill, Knight's chief program officer, the 30-minute program takes a hard look at the important issues our country is facing today.

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May 28, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Arturo Vargas
Arturo Vargas is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, a national non-profit, non-partisan organization working to strengthen American democracy by promoting the full participation of Latinos in civic life. He also serves as the CEO of NALEO, a national membership organization of Latino policymakers and their supporters. Arturo has held these positions since 1994.Arturo is a nationally recognized expert in Latino demographic trends, electoral participation, voting rights, the Census, and redistricting. Arturo holds a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish from Stanford University.
Spencer Overton
Spencer Overton is the President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which was founded in 1970 and is America’s Black think tank. Spencer is also a tenured professor at GW Law School in Washington, DC, and is the author of the book "Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression" and several academic articles and popular commentaries on voting rights, race, and public policy. Spencer’s work on the Carter-Baker Election Commission and the Commission on Presidential Nomination Timing and Scheduling shaped the modern voter ID debate, resulted in Iowa restoring voting rights to 98,000 returning citizens, and moved more diverse states like South Carolina and Nevada to the beginning of the modern Democratic presidential primary process.Spencer chaired the Government Reform policy committee on the 2007-2008 Obama presidential campaign, and he led the 2008 Obama transition team's Election Assistance Commission agency review group.