Voting restriction expert

Monday, October 1, 2012

Keesha Gaskins '96

Keesha Gaskins '96, nationally known voter suppression expert.

Nationally known voter-suppression expert Keesha Gaskins '96 will present 3 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Atwood Memorial Center theater.

Her presentation is titled "Voter I.D.: Restrictions on Voting Rights – How We Got There and Where We Need to Go."

Gaskins is senior counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, a non-partisan public policy and law institute that targets issues of democracy and justice. View her biography page.

Her presentation is part of the 2012 Global Social Responsibility Conference, sponsored by the Master's Program in Social Responsibility.

Among other topics, Gaskins will address Minnesota's proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to show approved, government-issued photo identification before voting. Minnesotans vote on the amendment in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Gaskins has researched voter-identification laws across the nation. As the former executive director of the League of Women Voters Minnesota, she has knowledge of Minnesota voting laws and practices.

She holds a St. Cloud State bachelor's degree in criminal justice studies. She earned her law degree in 1999 at Northeastern University School of Law, Boston.

Gaskins' talk coincides with a 2 p.m. Oct. 23 presentation by Kathy Bonnifield and Kenza Hadj-Moussa of Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota. Bonnifield and Hadj-Moussa will argue the constitutional amendment, if passed, would prevent eligible voters from voting. Their talk will be in Atwood Memorial Center.

Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and a doller per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.


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