COD Explores Voter Suppression and Voting Laws in Honor of Constitution Day

By: Angela Mennecke

The Declaration of Independence

In commemoration of the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution, College of DuPage will virtually present "Voting Laws: Suppression or Avoiding Fraud?” at noon on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Hosted by COD’s Constitution Committee, the presentation features local election experts and civil rights advocates as they discuss recent changes to voting laws across the country. Using historic mandates and current statutes, the presentation will provide the foundation to determine if something is voter suppression or fraud.

Speakers include Illinois Public Information Officer Matt Dietrich, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Senior Counsel Ami Gandhi, DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek, Retired Deputy Director of the Oak Park Public Library Jim Madigan and DuPage County Election Division Registration Manager Jessica Stachniak.

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Additional events include “Listen to My Rights: Music, Social Justice and Voting Rights” presented by COD Humanities Professor Julia DiLiberti at noon on Friday, Sept. 17, in the McAninch Arts Center Room 140, and a virtual Voter Registration Drive on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Learn more at

For more information, contact COD Community Engagement Specialist Joan DiPiero at