Magic Johnson to provide video keynote on Voter Rights
Published on October 15, 2021
NBA Legend Magic Johnson will provide the video keynote message to participants of the National Nonpartisan Conversation on Voter Rights during the Friday, Oct. 22 evening session. The evening session will address how private sector partners can engage in advocating for and supporting efforts to secure and improve voters’ rights and access to the ballot box.
Following his NBA career, Magic Johnson founded and is Chairman & CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, a business venture that serves as a catalyst for fostering community and economic empowerment by providing access to high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of multicultural communities. Mr. Johnson has used his platform to advocate for voting rights and access, including his support of Florida’s Amendment 3 “All Voters Vote” initiative in 2020 and support of get out the vote efforts across the country over multiple election cycles.
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot are convening stakeholders from across the country including mayors, legislators, county clerks, election administrators and community leaders to take a seat at the table of history and develop a framework for implementing national strategies to protect, defend and promote voter rights.
The National Nonpartisan Conversation on Voter Rights, taking place from Oct. 21-23 in Denver, will set a national action plan to end gerrymandering, ensure safe access to the ballot, and prevent partisan efforts that diminish voter access, especially in communities of color. For more information on the convening and program, visit denvergov.org/VoterRightsDenver.
In the 2021 legislative sessions alone, more than 400 bills with expansive provisions to restrict voter access have been introduced in 49 states. Nineteen states have already enacted laws this year that will make it harder for Americans to vote, in the most aggressive wave of voter restrictions our nation has seen in decades. Civic leaders across the country are being moved to action to reverse this assault on voter rights. With federal efforts stalling due to obstruction in Congress, local officials are leading the way to protect access to the ballot box.