Hannah Klain

  • Hosted by Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
  • Sponsored by The Selbin Family
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school Harvard Law School
  • Issue area Voting Rights/Electoral Participation
  • Fellowship class year 2019
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Hannah worked to stop discriminatory polling place closures and denials of electoral resources to minority communities in states formerly covered by §5 of the Voting Rights Act, through model litigation and advocacy.

States formerly monitored under the Voting Rights Act are using their now-unchecked discretion to shut down polling places and restrict electoral resources in minority neighborhoods, engaging in widespread voting access discrimination. The central goal of Hannah’s project was to eliminate discriminatory denials of voting access in minority communities in targeted states.

Fellowship Highlights

Hannah published a report – ‘Waiting to Vote,’ which documented disparate voter wait times and inequitable distributions of electoral resources in the 2018 Election and was cited in the New York Times and the New Yorker. Hannah also worked closely with a team of public health experts from the Infectious Disease Society of America to develop and put forward a resource on how to vote safely in person during the Covid-19 pandemic. The guidance document helped to preserve and protect in-person voting options across the country for individuals who were unable to vote by mail in the 2020 General Election.

Next Steps

Hannah will be clerking for Judge Stephen A. Higginson on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana.


10 Tips for Voting Safely in Person on Election Day

Ensuring Safe and Secure Elections

Standing Up for Human Rights

Waiting to Vote

Voting safely: How to protect yourself from Covid-19 while casting your ballot

Protect the 2020 Election

Is in-person voting safe from Covid-19? It can be if you follow these guidelines

The Georgia Primary and the State of Voting Rights

Chris Hayes Interviews Stacey Abrams About the Georgia Primary Election

From the day I came to law school, I was certain I wanted to be a voting rights lawyer.

Hannah Klain /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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