Looking Forward to Talking About Voting Rights and the Census Friday on Texas Tribune Festival Panel


Friday, September 27 • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Representation Nation

Programmed in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network.

ModeratorAlexa Ura
Demographics Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Ura covers the intersection between politics and race, with an emphasis on the state’s surging Hispanic population, as the Tribune’s demographics reporter. She also covers voting rights issues for the Tribune, where she started as a reporting fellow in 2013. Ura is a graduate… Read More →

SpeakersCarol Alvarado
State Senator
Alvarado, D-Houston, has represented Senate District 6 since a 2019 special election. She sits on the Senate Intergovernmental Relations, Nominations, Transportation, and Water & Rural Affairs committees. Previously, Alvarado served more than 10 years representing House District 145… Read More →

Rick Hasen
Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine School of Law
Hasen has expertise in election law and has written on issues including campaign finance, election administration and Supreme Court jurisprudence. He is the author of four academic books, including “Plutocrats United” and, most recently, “The Justice of Contradictions” on… Read More →

Michael Li
Redistricting and Voting Counsel at the Brennan Center at New York University Law School
Li serves as senior counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where he focuses on redistricting, voting rights and elections. He is also the author of txredistricting.org, a widely cited redistricting blog. Previously, Li practiced law at Baker Botts LLP in Dallas and… Read More →

Nina Perales
Vice President of Litigation at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Perales is the vice president of litigation at MALDEF, where she supervises the organization’s legal staff and litigation dockets. She has worked on numerous redistricting and voting rights cases, including the 2006 case LULAC v. Perry, a Voting Rights Act challenge to Texas congressional… Read More →


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