Ella is a Boston native and Stanford graduate currently based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She recently completed her Master's degree in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen's University Belfast, for which she wrote a dissertation about police accountability mechanisms and political participation in post-Troubles Northern Ireland. Her central research interests are policing reform and electoral rights; these passions have compelled her to write an undergraduate thesis about criminal disenfranchisement and to intern in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the ACLU of Massachusetts, and Senator Elizabeth Warren's office, among other formative and rewarding experiences. She plans to attend law school next fall and pursue a career in electoral reform. In the meantime, she is working as a Policy Fellow and is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the effort to expand electoral access as part of the National Vote at Home Institute team.
It's important that the voices of young voters are heard and amplified! Data shows that in 2020, 50%... of young voters participated vs only 39% in 2016. When we provide options for voters, we give everyone an opportunity to participate in democracy. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E0Zpl53WYAwTbRn.jpg