THE STATE SUMMIT IS A MAINSTAY IN PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZING. This event brings hundreds of state and national experts to Washington, D.C. for two days of strategizing, networking and energizing for the road ahead.

The following is an overview of the America Votes State Summit 2019 agenda. Times, sessions and speakers are all subject to change. Click here to see the latest version of the agenda.

Agenda for February 20, 2019

10:30 AM – 4:30 PM:

Registration open

11:30 AM:

Lunch served

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM:

The America Votes State Summit 2019 will kick off with welcoming remarks during which attendees will hear compelling stories from state leaders about the power of coordination in an historic midterm year.

12:45 PM – 5:30 PM:

Day 1 sessions will start with a look back at what last year’s electoral outcomes mean from a data perspective, with MSNBC’s Zerlina Maxwell leading a conversation on whether what happened on November 6 should be considered an anti-Trump tremor or a realigning tide. The following session will take a broader look at the progressive landscape, from the Women’s March through the Blue Wave, and what the past two years mean for 2020 and beyond. Attendees will then participate in breakout sessions led by progressive leaders digging deeper into the 2018 election cycle. The final main room session of Day 1 will take a look at equitable investment strategies for strong coordination and partnerships.

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM:

Join America Votes in recognizing the Honorable Stacey Abrams as the 2019 recipient of the Cecile Richards Progressive Leader Award.

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM:

Summit attendees who self-identify as members of historically racially marginalized communities are invited to join the America Votes Partner Diversity Coalition for an evening of fellowship.

Agenda for February 21, 2019

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM:

Registration open

8:30 AM:

Breakfast served

9:00 AM – 12:15 PM:

Day 2 will begin with opening remarks, followed by a discussion about building and protecting a stronger democracy through voting rights, the census and redistricting. Breakout sessions to follow will also focus on strengthening democracy as well as building up institutions to meet the needs of the progressive movement in 2019, 2020 and beyond.

12:15 PM:

Lunch served

12:45 PM – 5:30 PM:

The afternoon will dive into a look at new tools and tactics, including the America Votes Coordination Console, and then examine 2020 landscapes and strategies beyond the primaries. The day’s final set of breakout session will next further assess priorities for 2019 and 2020, including local elections and relational voting. The summit will close in the main room with concluding remarks from special guests.

5:30 PM:

Join America Votes for a closing happy hour to wrap up the State Summit 2019.

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