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Inaccessibility of absentee voting program

September 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

North Carolina voters are all too familiar with politically and racially motivated voter suppression efforts, but many North Carolinians are unaware of the barriers voters with disabilities continue to face exercising their right to vote. During this webinar, Disability Rights NC will discuss the lawsuit they brought, along with national disability rights law firm Disability Rights Advocates, against the State Board of Elections to ensure voters with disabilities have equal access to the Absentee Voting Program this fall and about other barriers to voting yet to be addressed. Disability Rights NC will also share information about its inclusive and targeted voter engagement strategies to increase the disability vote. The webinar is intended to be interactive – so please bring your questions and share barriers you have witnessed affecting voters with disabilities.

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Kenya Myers – DRNC Voting Rights Advocate

Kenya Myers joined DRNC in January 2019 as an experienced voting rights advocate. During the 2016 election cycle, she developed and implemented a strategic election protection plan that doubled the capacity of the program, expanding the statewide footprint from 36 to 79 counties. Her advocacy campaigns increased minority recruitment and participation. In addition to her voting work, Myers has vast experience in identifying abusive lending and housing practices. She worked to resolve loans and conflicts for victims of predatory lending and fair housing violations. Over the past 17 years, Myers assisted and trained numerous local, state and national organizations on various civil rights and economic parity topics. Myers serves as an adjunct instructor at the Patricia Robert Harris National Fair Housing Training Academy and as faculty at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition Training Academy.


Holly Stiles – DNRC Litigation Counsel

Holly Stiles is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill and a J.D. from New York Law School. She started practicing law in New York City but soon realized she is not a forever New Yorker and moved back to North Carolina. She worked for Disability Rights NC from 2009 to 2018 enforcing the rights of people with disabilities to access, work, and play in the communities of their choice. Holly left Disability Rights NC in 2018 to work for the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as a Trial Attorney in the Raleigh field office. In 2020, Holly returned to Disability Rights NC as Litigation Counsel.


September 9
11:00 am - 12:00 pm