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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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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

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Supreme Court Decision Restricts Voting Rights in Ohio

Thursday, October 2, 2014

On September 29, less than a day before early voting was set to begin in Ohio, a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling restricted voters’ access to the ballot by removing the first week of the state’s 35-day early voting period. The Supreme Court granted state officials’ request Monday evening to block an appeals court ruling that … Read More

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Report: Minority Voters Vulnerable Ahead of Midterm Elections

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Forty-nine years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR) on August 6 released a report documenting persistent voting discrimination in the United States, finding that states previously subject to Section 5 preclearance under the VRA (particularly Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Georgia) continue to be the … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act Introduction

Thursday, January 16, 2014

On January 16, a bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, which updates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder. “Everyone is entitled to fair treatment at the ballot box and today’s bipartisan update to the … Read More

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