Voting Rights

Latest Press Statements

The Fight to End Partisan Gerrymandering Continues

Monday, June 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Gill v. Whitford: “The fight to end partisan gerrymandering continues as the Supreme Court failed to provide clear guidance when it declined to strike down Wisconsin’s voting map … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Press Releases, Voting Rights

Senate Committee Advances Two Additional Judicial Extremists, Furthers Trump’s Court Packing

Thursday, June 14, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to bring to the Senate floor nominees Allen Winsor for the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Florida and Patrick R. Wyrick for the U.S. … Read More

Supreme Court Undermines Right to Vote

Monday, June 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute:   “Five Justices on the Supreme Court today undermined the fundamental right to vote by making it easier for states to suppress the … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Press Releases, Voting Rights

Audio Available: Media Call with Environmental, Civil Rights Advocates on Oldham

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Contact: Laurie Kinney, Laurie@afj.org (202) 464-7367/cell (571) 882-3615 WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, May 16, at 11 am Eastern, leaders of national environmental and civil rights advocacy organizations held a press call to brief reporters on the anti-environment, anti-civil rights record of Andrew Oldham, nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Oldham currently serves … Read More

The Leadership Conference Education Fund Expands Voting Rights Work Through Partnership with Access Democracy

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Collaboration aims to increase voter participation by improving local election administration WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund today announced the expansion of its voting rights work through a new partnership with Access Democracy, a leading non-profit organization working to improve election administration. The collaborative effort aims to increase voter participation by improving how elections are … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Latest Advocacy Letters

Letter to Secretaries of State regarding Pence Kobach Commission Data Request

Thursday, July 6, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: United States Secretaries of State Dear Secretary of State: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (“The Leadership Conference”), a diverse coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Voting Rights

214 Civil and Human Rights Organizations Express Continued Concern about Sessions Nomination

Monday, January 30, 2017

Recipient: Senator Charles Grassley View the PDF of this letter here.  Dear Chairman Grassley: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, and the 213 undersigned organizations, … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Nominations, Voting Rights

Latest News

Texas Voter ID Law Ruled Intentionally Discriminatory

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A federal district court in Texas on Monday ruled that Texas’ strict voter ID law “was passed with a discriminatory purpose in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.” It was the fifth time a federal court ruled against the law. The law, S.B. 14, was initially blocked in August 2012 under a … Read More

Categories: News, Voting Rights

Fourth Circuit Strikes Down N.C. Voting Restrictions

Friday, July 29, 2016

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Friday ruled that North Carolina’s monster voter suppression law, H.B. 589, was enacted with “racially discriminatory intent” to “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.” The law was enacted in August 2013 – just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted … Read More

Categories: News, Voting Rights

Fifth Circuit Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday ruled (9-6) that Texas’ strict voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act (VRA) because it discriminates against Black and Hispanic voters. The court also asked a lower court to find a remedy to prevent 600,000 Texans who lack a required form of ID … Read More

Categories: News, Voting Rights

Murkowski Cosponsors Bill to Restore Voting Rights Act

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R. Alaska, on Thursday announced her support for the Voting Rights Advancement Act, making her the first Republican in the Senate to cosponsor legislation to help restore the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision in 2013. “Senator Murkowski’s decision to co-sponsor … Read More

Categories: News, Voting Rights

Why We Need Stronger Voting Protections

Monday, October 20, 2014

Just two weeks from tomorrow, Americans will head to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. But this year, accessing the ballot may be easier said than done. In North Carolina, for example, the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month allowed some discriminatory voting changes – eliminating same-day registration and the counting of out-of-precinct … Read More

Categories: News, Voting Rights