Meeting Archive:
Supporting Voters in States with Voter ID Laws

Meeting Description:
For many potential voters, lacking the required ID is the biggest barrier to the ballot box. Students, people with low-incomes, people experiencing homelessness, and former felons may have difficulty financing an ID or getting together the necessary documents, not to mention how confusing and time consuming the process can be. Nonprofits are well situated to help these individuals, but laws vary across states and change rapidly. How can a nonprofit organization support people who need ID to access the polls?
On April 18th, Nonprofit VOTE will bring together researchers, stories from the field, and national leaders helping voters to understand and obtain the ID they need to vote. This is a can't-miss webinar for anyone in a state where voters need an ID to register or cast a ballot or for those who are interested in the ways that nonprofits are stepping up to meet the need in those states. 
Date: Thu, Apr 18, 2019
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Caitlin Donnelly
 Presenter Information
Don Waisanen
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Don Waisanen is an associate professor in the Baruch College, CUNY Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, where he teaches courses and workshops in public communication—including executive speaking, communication strategy, media analysis, and seminars on leadership, improvisation, and humor. All his research projects seek to understand how communication works to promote or hinder the force of citizens’ voices. Previously, Don was a Coro Fellow and worked in broadcast journalism, as a speechwriter, and on political campaigns. He is the founder of Communication Upward (, and received a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School.

Arekia Bennett
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Arekia Bennett is a 26 year old Jackson, MS native. Almost a year ago, Arekia was named Executive Director of Mississippi Votes -- a youth civic engagement organization that strives to create a culture of civic engagement throughout the state of Mississippi. Since her era began, the organization has registered over 3,000 new voters, drastically increased voter turnout on college campuses and among voters ages 18-35, and engaged more than 1 million voters nationwide

David Griggs
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David Griggs, JD has spent 15 years working in campaigns and government. Most recently, Dave spent over seven years at the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee where he served as National Field Director, then National Political Director and finally Chief Political Officer. Dave’s political career began with U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone’s 2002 re-election campaign. He then worked to help elect Keith Ellison, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken among others. Dave also managed the gubernatorial campaign of Tom Bakk in Minnesota. Importantly, he has a good deal of experience with election protection and is an ardent innovator as to how to overcome barriers to voting. Originally from St. Louis Park, MN, Dave is a graduate of New York University and the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Amy, and dog, Walter.