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Hammer Forum

A Real Right to Vote with Richard L. Hasen & Erwin Chemerinsky

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Throughout history, too many Americans have faced needless barriers to voting. Part of the blame falls on the U.S. Constitution, which does not contain an affirmative right to vote. Richard L. Hasen, Director of UCLA Law’s Safeguarding Democracy Project and author of the new book A Real Right to Vote: How a Constitutional Amendment Can Safeguard American Democracy, draws on troubling stories of state attempts to disenfranchise military voters, women, African Americans, students, former felons, Native Americans, and others, arguing that American democracy can and should do better. Joining Hasen is Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law and leading scholar of the U.S. Constitution, Erwin Chemerinsky.

Co-presented with the Safeguarding Democracy Project at UCLA Law

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Richard L. Hasen is a professor of law and political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of UCLA Law’s Safeguarding Democracy Project. His books include Cheap Speech, Election Meltdown, and The Voting Wars.

Erwin Chemerinsky is the dean of UC Berkeley Law School. His latest book, Worse Than Nothing: The Dangerous Fallacy of Originalism, deals with the conservative judiciary on the Supreme Court. He is also the author of numerous books including Free Speech on Campus, We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the 21st Century, and Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights.

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