Voting Rights

Latest Press Statements

Federal Civil Rights Commission Finds Voting Rights Under Attack

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ briefing report, An Assessment of Minority Voting Rights Access in the United States: “This report puts a federal imprimatur on what we have been saying: the right to … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil Rights Leaders Discuss #WhatsAtStake for Voting Rights in SCOTUS Fight

Monday, July 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights hosted a telephone press briefing with other civil rights leaders today to outline and emphasize Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s threatening record to voting rights. The speakers underscored the dangerous implications of more restrictive voting rights for marginalized communities. A recording of the press … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases, Voting Rights

ADVISORY – Press Call Monday: #WhatsAtStake for Voting Rights in SCOTUS Fight

Friday, July 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Monday, July 23 at 10:15 a.m. ET, civil rights leaders will hold a telephone press briefing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his threatening record on voting rights. Speakers will reflect on what’s at stake, especially for marginalized communities. RSVP requested to voorhees@civilrights.org. WHEN: Monday, July 23 at 10:15 a.m. ET … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Press Releases, Voting Rights

In Huff Post Commentary, The Leadership Conference Emphasizes Threat to Voting Rights with Supreme Court Vacancy

Friday, July 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a commentary in Huff Post, Kristine Lucius, executive vice president for policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, discusses the danger the country faces in protecting voting rights in the wake of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. “Replacing Justice Kennedy with a justice who shares Trump’s extreme position would leave millions … Read More

Categories: Nominations, Press Releases, Voting Rights

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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