Voting Rights

Latest Press Statements

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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Civil Rights Groups Demand Every Georgian Ballot be Counted

Friday, November 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following statement regarding the unresolved ballot crisis in Georgia: “This election presented Georgia voters with unnecessary and manufactured obstacles to the ballot, including voter purges, poll closures, long … Read More

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In BuzzFeed Commentary, Ashley Allison Urges Values-Based Voting in Midterms

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a Buzzfeedopinion piece, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights executive vice president of campaigns and programs Ashley Allison emphasized the importance of everyone’s vote in today’s midterm elections in demanding change to our democracy to reflect all communities and all our country’s values. “In America, to use our voice — and to … Read More

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In Huff Post Commentary, Vanita Gupta Urges Participation in Pivotal Midterms

Sunday, November 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a Huffington Post opinion piece today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights president and CEO Vanita Gupta emphasized the impact that next week’s midterm elections will have on the future of our democracy. “People’s lives hang in the balance,” said Gupta. “Our votes can move the nation to a place where … Read More

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Civil Rights Groups Launch Voter Education Campaign for Georgia Voters with Pending Registrations

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund, The Campaign Legal Center, and Access Democracy launched a voter education campaign this week focused on Georgia’s voters with pending registrations. The groups sent postcard mailers and a series of text messages outlining what these impacted voters need to bring to the polls to ensure their ballots are … 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

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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

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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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