Voting Rights

Latest Press Statements

ADVISORY: Groups Show Broad Support for Democracy Reform and Pathway Ahead to Victory

Monday, January 7, 2019

WHAT: Press conference at which an unprecedented coalition of democracy, environmental, good government and other groups will detail the broad local, state and national support of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) and discuss its path to success post-introduction. Americans nationwide have demanded these proposed reforms. In light of voting rights suppression across many … Read More

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H.R. 1 Promises Democracy Reform and Congress Must Deliver

Friday, January 4, 2019

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued this statement following the introduction of democracy reform package H.R. 1 – the For The People Act: “This bill represents a significant step toward meaningful reform to bolster voting rights and improve campaign finance and ethics laws. Protecting … Read More

Categories: Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil Rights Groups Unite to Oppose the Nomination of Thomas Farr

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

WASHINGTON — Today, leaders from NAACP, Repairers of The Breach, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund hosted a press call denouncing President Trump’s nomination of Thomas Farr. Each participant expressed strong opposition to the nomination of Thomas Farr to the Eastern District of North Carolina. The following statements were made: … Read More

Categories: Judiciary, Nominations, Press Releases, Voting Rights

Civil Rights Leaders Urge Protection of Voting Rights and Counting Every Vote

Friday, November 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – Leaders from civil rights groups today discussed the importance of protecting voting rights for all following the midterm elections and ongoing ballot counting across the country. Issues covered included expanding language access, historic barriers to voting for African-American and Latino voters, election protection, and the importance of restoring the Voting Rights Act. Audio … Read More

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PRESS CALL: Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Ongoing Threats to Voting Rights

Thursday, November 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Friday, November 16, at 3 p.m. EST, leaders from civil rights groups will discuss the importance of protecting voting rights for all following the midterm elections and ongoing ballot counting across the country. RSVP requested to voorhees@civilrights.org. WHEN: FRIDAY, November 16, at 3p.m. EST WHO: Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The … Read More

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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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