The Local Democracy Initiative focuses on helping democracy thrive at the local level.

Join the Local Democracy Initiative for a webinar series that will address:

  • Local leadership on free and fair elections
  • Best practices for equitable voter participation
  • Building and maintaining trust in local government
  • Forging lasting partnerships with community-based organizations, and county and state governments

Connect with city and community leaders to gain key insights, share best practices, and access resources to help democracy thrive at the local level.


Confronting Voter Suppression: The Legacy and Future of the Voting Rights Act

Join the Local Democracy Initiative on Wednesday, February 2 at 2:00 PM ET in marking Black History Month by looking at the history of voting rights and voter suppression in the United States. We will discuss how local officials can talk openly and authentically about difficult subjects and the necessity of acknowledging historic trauma with respect to the vote. We’ll also take a look at the state of voting rights today and what local leaders can do to continue the critical work of leaders like John Lewis, Hosea Williams and Amelia Boynton. 

Upcoming Webinars

Dates and topics for upcoming webinars include:

  • March 2, 2022 at 2:00 PM: Advocating for Federal Legislation on Election Reform
  • April 6, 2022 at 2:00 PM: Library Outreach Day – Libraries as Essential Civic Spaces
  • May 4, 2022 at 2:00 PM: May the Fourth Be With You – Common Ground and Creative Spaces for Civic Engagement
  • June 1, 2022 at 2:00 PM: Ensuring LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Local Democracy

Register for upcoming webinars now.

Previous Webinars

Combatting Disinformation and Rebuilding Trust in Local Government

Original event date: January 5, 2022 at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

The Local Democracy Initiative discussed in this webinar the threat that mis- and disinformation poses to democratic principles. One year after an unprecedented attack on democracy, we convened to discuss the enormous challenges facing local leaders, how to start reestablishing trust with residents, and what we can do to encourage transparency and accountability.