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President of League of Women Voters to speak on election reform, April 16

Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins, president of the League of Women Voters, will speak on "The League of Women Voters and Election Reform" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Jefferson-Jenkins was elected president of the League of Women Voters and chair of the League of Women Voters Education Fund in 1994. She is the first woman of African-American descent to head the organization. In her second term as president, she has placed a high priority on issues such as increased citizen participation in the electoral process, campaign finance reform, voting and health care. She leads the education and advocacy efforts of the league on public policy issues while also working to encourage women and ethnic minorities to run for public office.

Jefferson-Jenkins is a recognized authority on the voting rights of African Americans and is the author of "The Road to Black Suffrage" and "One Man One Vote: The History of the African-American Vote in the United States."

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and offered in conjunction with an undergraduate task force on "Designing American Electoral Reform."

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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