Virtual Panels on Fighting for  Voting Rights and Covid-19’s Impact on Schools 

2021 Election Dates and DeadlinesFriday, May 28: Deadline to register to vote in Primary Election
June 12-20: Days of Early Voting for the Primary Election
Tuesday, June 22: New York State Primary Election Day and last day to postmark absentee ballot in Primary Election

The League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara will present two free online panel discussions this month: Fighting for Our Vote 2.0 on Thursday, May 13, and on The Effect of Covid-19 on Schools on Wednesday, May 19. 

Starting at 7 p.m., Fighting for Our Vote 2.0 continues a conversation that began on February 23 and will again be moderated by Buffalo City Court Judge Lenora Foote-Beavers, former chair of the Diversity Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Western New York. Returning panelists BJ Stasio, president of SANYS, and L. Nathan Hare, former president and CEO of the Community Action Organization of Western New York, will be joined by Jeremy Zellner and Ralph Mohr, Erie County Board of Elections Commissioners; and Barbara Gunderson, the League’s Voter Services Chair.

Questions for discussion include how citizens get to vote, what happens to ballots once they are cast, how voting can be made accessible to all, and myths and facts about voting.

This program is co-sponsored by NAACP and SANYS. 

The Effect of Covid-19 on Schools will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. From the challenges of remote learning to the lack of sports, activities and socialization, this program will explore the impact of the pandemic by tapping into the experience of people who are experiencing it right now. Moderated by Marian Deutschman, the League’s Program, Issues & Events Committee Chair, the panel will comprise a diverse group of teachers, students, parents and administrators. 

Both programs are free and open to the public.

Reservations for both fighting for our vote virtual roundtable discussion and  can be made online at

Participants will receive an email with instructions to join each Zoom session.