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July 18, 2017



California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Joins Secretaries of State, Voting Rights Advocates to Discuss Attacks and Advances in Voter Registration


WASHINGTON, D.C. – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will join the Center for American Progress on Wednesday, July 19 for an important discussion with secretaries of state and voting rights advocates on attacks and advances in voter registration and the integrity of our elections system. 

Voting rights and the integrity of our elections system are at a crossroads: America’s electoral system is being undermined by foreign interference and threatened by President Donald Trump’s sham voter fraud commission, led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The commission, which will meet for its first in-person meeting on July 19, includes a who’s who of voter suppressors that seek to block eligible Americans from registering to vote and improperly remove them from the voter rolls, preventing them from voting. 

This event is open to press. Please click here to RSVP. 

To view a live stream of the event please click here. 

June 29, 2017 Press Release: Secretary of State Alex Padilla Responds to Presidential Election Commission Request for Personal Data of California Voters


Introductory remarks:
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
In conversation with:
Alex Padilla, Secretary of State, California
Nellie Gorbea, Secretary of State, Rhode Island
Featured panelists:
Sarah Audelo, Executive Director, Alliance for Youth Action
Maggie Thompson, Executive Director, Generation Progress
Stevie Valles, Executive Director, Chicago Votes
Liz Kennedy, Director of Democracy and Government Reform, Center for American Progress


Wednesday, July 19, 2017
6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. PST/9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EST


Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005


Secretary Padilla
Jesse Melgar or Sam Mahood
(916) 653-6575

Center for American Progress
Tanya Arditi (202) 741-6258


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