ASA Washington, DC Roundtable - Barriers to Voting that African American and Hispanic Older Persons Experience
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Samuel J. Simmons NCBA Estates
2801 14th Street, NW
This location is two blocks from the Columbia Heights Metro Station
Survey results of older persons, when analyzed by race, indicate that voter suppression is commonplace and that voting is routinely more challenging for older African Americans and Hispanic Americans than for their white counterparts. Suppressive laws and accessibility issues make voting more difficult for them. Many of these African Americans and Hispanics have difficulties with mobility, are unable to secure transportation to the polls, and have found polling places to be inaccessible. These issues alone can be difficult to navigate, but they are often further complicated by laws and policies that create barriers to voting, such as a required government ID to vote, expired IDs and out-of-date addresses, and required documentation.
Outcomes of the Roundtable:
-The audience will have a much greater awareness of the structural barriers to voting encountered by older African Americans and Hispanic older Americans. Is voter suppression fueling disenfranchisement nationwide for these minorities.
-What can be done to make it easier and improve the voting experience for African American and Hispanic older persons.
-How can we ensure that all older Americans have access to the voting booth.
Barbara S Hoenig, MPH
Senior Consultant to CVS Health
Mature Workers & Workforce initiatives
Chair, Washington DC Roundtable
President & CEONCBA
Chair, ASA Board of Directors
Hilary O Shelton
Director, NAACP Washington Bureau
Sr VP for Advocacy and Policy
CEO, LULAC (League of Latin American Citizens)
NCBA SCSEP Participants