Posted on March 13, 2018 by Jana Schwartz

Dean Rogelio Sáenz at public briefing

Dean Rogelio Sáenz presented testimony on potential barriers to voting on March 13 as a guest speaker at a public briefing held by the Texas Advisory Committee on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights at the University of Houston Law Center.

These barriers may have a discriminatory impact on race, color, disability, status, and national origin. Sáenz spoke on voting challenges in regards to redistricting, strict voter ID laws, high school voter registration, the underfunding of the U.S. Census 2020, focus of political representation on adult and citizenship status and other practices aimed to discourage the vote of people of color and those from low income communities.

The committee heard from academics, advocacy groups such as MOVE San Antonio, election officials, lawmakers, and voters about the challenges to voting rights and political representation.

View the webcast here .

— Jana Schwartz