Ihaab Syed

  • Hosted by American Civil Liberties Union Voting Rights Project
  • Sponsored by Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company, The Ottinger Foundation
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Issue area Disability Rights, Voting Rights/Electoral Participation
  • Fellowship class year 2019
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Ihaab will work with community members and coalition partners to eliminate barriers to polling place access for voters with disabilities in Mississippi and Georgia.

Nearly one in six eligible voters has a disability, yet federal surveys have consistently revealed that the vast majority of polling places are not fully accessible. People with disabilities are severely underrepresented in our political system, beginning at the ballot box itself. Ihaab’s project will use litigation, administrative and policy advocacy, and public education to help resolve polling place barriers.

Coming of age as an immigrant in Mississippi, Ihaab found her place in her community through civic engagement. Prior to law school, she worked with people with disabilities and was a political organizer.

Fellowship Plans

Ihaab will conduct know-your-rights trainings and develop public education materials. She will engage affected communities in administrative and policy advocacy to identify and remedy local polling place issues. Ihaab will also work with the ACLU to file impact suits on a statewide basis.

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