This keynote address for the 2005 Symposium: Where's My Vote? Lessons Learned from Washington State's Gubernatorial Election was presented by Barbara Arnwine. The focus of the presentation was on "Voting Rights at a Crossroad: Return to the Past or an Opportunity for the Future?" To students who are on the career path to becoming practitioners of law, and to attorneys and law professors, no role is more important than enhancing democracy. Ms. Arnwine's speech addresses the topics of voting rights from a national perspective highlighting the most pressing challenges. In addressing this theme, four areas of voting rights are covered in depth: election protection, election reform, reauthorization fo the expiring provisions of the voting rights act, and felon re-enfranchisement.
Barbara Arnwine, Voting Rights at a Crossroads: Return to the Past or an Opportunity for the Future, 29 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 301 (2005).