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Spencer Overton & Kami Chavis

Spencer Overton is a professor of law at George Washington University and former principal deputy assistant attorney general for legal policy at the U.S. Department of Justice. He is the author of Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression, and president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a think tank founded in 1970 that supports elected officials and policy experts who serve communities of color.

Kami Chavis is a senior fellow at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and director of the criminal justice program at Wake Forest University School of Law. She is a former official at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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