Voting Rights Forum

Voting Rights Forum

Friday, September 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET


As part of The Right to Vote: The Role of States and the US Constitution and in celebration of Constitution Day, the Gilder Lehrman Institute hosted a Voting Rights Forum at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, streaming live around the world via Zoom Webinars. Watch the recording below.

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Watch the recording of the Forum below. A Spanish translation of the audio is available upon request by emailing

The views and opinions expressed in this program are those of the speakers.

Meet Our Forum Panelists and Moderator

Clockwise from top left: Forum moderator John Avlon; Akhil Reed Amar; Nicole Hemmer; Jeanette Senecal; Bertrall Ross; Judge Myrna Perez

Clockwise from top left: John Avlon, Akhil Reed Amar, Nicole Hemmer, Jeanette Senecal, Bertrall Ross, Myrna Pérez

The Forum panel featured an array of scholars and policy makers, who discussed the history of states’ roles in choosing who gets to vote:

  • John Avlon (CNN Senior Political Analyst, and a member of the Institute’s President’s Council)
  • Professor Akhil Reed Amar (Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University, and co-host of the Amarica’s Constitution podcast)
  • Professor Nicole Hemmer (Director of the Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Center for the Study of the Presidency and Associate Professor of History, Vanderbilt University, and co-host of the Past Present and This Day in Esoteric Political History podcasts)
  • The Hon. Myrna Pérez (United States Circuit Court Judge for the Second Circuit)
  • Professor Bertrall Ross (Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Karsh Center for Law and Democracy, University of Virginia)
  • Jeanette M. Senecal (Senior Director of Mission Impact, League of Women Voters)


The Right to Vote Resource Suite


Read scholarly perspectives on the history of voting rights through essays geared to high school students

Lesson Plans

Learn how individuals and groups attempted to expand access to the vote in "Taking a Stand for Voting Rights: Six States, Six Stories, One Goal."

Digital Exhibitions

Explore our four-part digital exhibition on the history of voting rights, which includes audiovisual elements and interactive maps