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Timetable

Below is a preliminary timetable of the Commission’s hearings, listening sessions, events and publications. In all, the Commission will hold 16 hearings/listening sessions. The majority of these will be regional hearings covering 2-3 states. Some will be special hearings focusing on special vulnerable communities. In all, the Commission will publish 8 briefing papers or reports based on these hearings and other research. This is an ambitious agenda and its best fulfillment will be dependent upon fiscal resources, staff capacity, pro bono services, volunteers and collaboration with supporting organizations.

2018
The Commission is already meeting and planning its work agenda but will formally launch with a National Press Conference on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Week, January 17th, and will complete its initial work in November, 2019 with the publication of a major report of its findings and recommendations.

January 17th– Commission News Conference and Official Launch- Washington, DC
January 27th– First Listening Session- Detroit, Michigan
March 1- 5th– Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee- Bloody Sunday Anniversary- Selma, AL (calendar notation only)
March 10th– Regional Hearing- Dallas, TX
March 24th– Regional Hearing- Atlanta, Georgia

April 14th– National Twitter Town Hall- Release of Publication on Preparing for 2018 Primaries
April 28th– Regional Hearing- Phoenix, Arizona
May 26th– Hearing-Miami, Florida
June 16th-Regional Hearing- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 14th– Regional Hearing- Los Angeles, California
July-August– Publication of Advisory to Election Officials for November Elections Publication of Compilation of Best Practices
August 6th– Celebration of Voting Rights Act Anniversary (calendar notation only)
September is Voting Rights Month– Joint Recognition Event with Congressional Voting Rights Caucus and partners- Washington, DC September –Publication of Voter Awareness Guide
September 15th– Special Hearing on Felon Disenfranchisement- Richmond, VA
September 25th– National Voter Registration Day.
October 6th– AAWLC & Fannie Lou Hamer Voter Registration Week- New York City, NY
October 17th– National Twitter Town Hall- Preparing for November 6th Elections
October 30th– National Webinar for Poll Workers and Election Officials
November 1-3–”Vote Ready”
November 6th– Mid-Term Elections
November 14th– Congressional Briefing on November 6th Election
December– Press Conference and Release of Report of First Year of Commission Findings

2019
January 22-23rd– MLK Voting Rights Action Day- Special Hearing on Disability Rights and Voting Rights- Washington, DC
February 15–16th– Hearings- Albuquerque, New Mexico- Navajo Land
March –Bloody Sunday- Jt. Forum with Jubilee Committee, Selma, Alabama
March 30th– Regional Hearing- Durham, North Carolina
April 27th– Regional Hearing- St. Louis, Missouri
April– Briefing Paper on Strategies for Addressing Felony Disenfranchisement
May 25th– Regional Hearing- Ohio
June 15th– Regional Hearing- Mississippi or New Orleans
July 13th– Special Hearing- 2020 Census- Gerrymandering and Redistricting- Washington, DC
July-October– Report Written and Reviewed by Commission

September is Voting Rights Month- Joint Recognition Event with CVRC
September– Publication of Briefing Paper on Strategies for Addressing Disability Rights and Voting Rights
October 6th– Fannie Lou Hamer Voter Registration Week
October –National Webinar for Poll Workers & Election Officials- Washington, DC
November– ”Vote Ready”–Voter Education, Engagement and Mobilization Events.
November 5th– 2019 Elections
November 13th– Final Commission Report Issued
November 20th– Congressional Briefing on Commission Report- Findings and Recommendations for Voting Justice for 2020 Elections

CONCLUSION
The work of the Commission for Voter Justice is ambitious and multifaceted but will be instrumental in fighting
voter suppression and motivating voters to participate in the electoral process. Although, the research work of
the Commission will end in 2019, there is a strong argument for the NCVJ to continue its voter education,
outreach and mobilization during 2020.