In preparation for last November’s election, LCHP released Reckoning With Our Rights: The Evolution of Voter Access in California, a report taking a historical view to understand why, in 2020, the electorate in California specifically remains so demographically and socioeconomically skewed.
This report was spearheaded by Alisa Belinkoff Katz, LCHP fellow and associate director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. The research team also included Zev Yaroslavsky, a senior fellow at the center, UCLA PhD candidate Izul de la Vega, undergraduate Saman Haddad, and recent graduate Jeanne Ramin.
Now U.S. Senator from California Alex Padilla joined, among others, Carla Pestana, Chair of the UCLA History Department, and Acting Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA Lorrie Frasure to discuss the report and its implications for the future of voting in California in an episode of Why History Matters. The event with Senator Padilla can be found here, the full report here, and the UCLA Newsroom announcement here.