Jennifer Wilson, Deputy Director of the League of New York State Women Voters, will deliver the opening remarks on Constitution Day, “Your card matters: how redistribution impacts everything in your life and how to use your voice to change it” via Zoom for the State University of New York at Fredonia on Friday, September 17 at 1:30 p.m.
Representation and the importance of determining the number of representatives will be discussed in Ms. Wilson’s lecture.
âRedistribution is vital for us to have a voice – it determines who shows up on our ballots, where we vote and equal representation. Considering Jennifer’s professional experience and training, she is in a good position to tell us about the redistribution â, said Angela McGowan-Kirsch, assistant professor in the Department of Communication.
Since joining the organization in 2015, Wilson has helped advocate for the passage of progressive electoral reforms that include early voting, primary consolidation, early registration for 16 and 17 year olds, and modernization of the voter registration. She is the organization’s internal lobbyist, policy advisor and communications representative.
Wilson’s leadership in voting rights led to her being named to the “40 rising stars under 40” list compiled by City & State, a media organization that covers local and state politics in New York City, in 2017. It has been featured in the Albany Times Union, the Wall Street Journal, Politico, and on National Public Radio (NPR) as an expert on voting rights and government ethics.
Prior to joining the league, Wilson was deputy regional director in the Albany office of US Senator Charles Schumer. Wilson holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy, with a specialization in public management and policy analysis. She received a BA in Political Science and Commerce from City University of New York, where she graduated with Distinction.
The conference, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the American Democracy Project of Fredonia and the League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County. Constitution Day is a public holiday that honors the day, in 1787, when 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution.
The first 10 amendments to the Constitution, collectively known as the Bill of Rights, were ratified on December 15, 1791, reflecting how dynamic the Constitution could be, explained Mary Croxton, of the League of Voters of Chautauqua County. . “The Supreme Court continually interprets the Constitution and many people spend their lives studying and interpreting it because it continues to play a vital role in our daily lives.” she said.
The Non-Partisan League of Voters encourages informed and active participation in government.
Online advance registration is required for the meeting at https://fredonia-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0of-2spjMjHdyHloxLXgK4X4kRybAUXc80. A confirmation email with meeting attendance information will be sent after registration.