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As part of the spring 2018 Patience Essah Africana Studies Lecture Series, Thomas Hicks from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission will present “Democracy is Rooted in Accessible, Secure, and Fair Elections - Looking ahead to the 2018 Federal Election (An EAC perspective).” Hicks was nominated by former President Barack Obama and confirmed by unanimous consent from the U.S. Senate in 2014 to serve on the commission. He has traveled the country to talk with citizens about voting issues and worked with state and local election officials across to address critical election concerns. In his previous role as senior elections counsel and minority elections counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives, Hicks addressed issues relating to campaign finance, election reform, contested elections and oversight of both the Election Assistance Commission and Federal Election Commission.

The program will take place Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 3:30 p.m. in the Draughon Library Special Collections and Archives. Refreshments and conversation will follow Hick’s presentation. The event is presented by the Africana Studies Program and Auburn University Libraries.