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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Long Overdue Demise of Sham Voter Commission

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the announcement by the White House that the so-called Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is being dissolved: “Good riddance. From the start, it was clear that the Pence-Kobach commission lacked integrity and credibility. It’s … Read More

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New Paper Sounds the Alarm on Trump Administration Attacks on Federal Data and Civil Rights

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – The federal government’s collection, reporting, and protection of accurate, comprehensive data is central to implementing, monitoring, and evaluating civil rights laws and policies. But the Trump administration is taking steps that undermine all of these pillars of data collection. In response to this growing threat, today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund issued a paper, … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for Sham Voter Commission to Be Shut Down

Thursday, November 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following a lawsuit filed against the so-called Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity by one of its own commissioners: “It’s simply telling that a member of President Trump’s voter suppression commission is taking it to … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Rebukes Attorney General Sessions’ Oversight Hearing Testimony

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ appearance before a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing: “President Trump has emboldened and enabled hate and division in our country – and Attorney General Sessions is a powerful leader of … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Raises Serious Concerns About Attorney General Sessions’ Job Performance on Eve of Oversight Hearing

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the eve of the oversight hearing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, raising serious concerns about the Justice Department’s record on issues that are critically important to the civil and human rights community. The hearing marks the … Read More

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Senate Hearing on Voting Rights Calls for Congressional Action after Supreme Court Decision

Thursday, July 25, 2013

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s recent Shelby County v. Holder decision, the Senate Judiciary Committee last week held a hearing on the need for developing a remedy to restore crucial voting rights protections that the ruling struck down. In opening remarks, committee chairman Patrick Leahy, D. Vt., said: “We must work together as … Read More

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Supreme Court Upholds Primacy of Federal ‘Motor Voter Law’ in Arizona Voter Registration Ruling

Monday, June 17, 2013

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled (7-2) in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA), Inc., that the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993 pre-empts an Arizona voter registration law requiring documents showing proof of citizenship. “Today’s decision is a significant victory for U.S. citizens and their ability to register to vote … Read More

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arizona’s Challenge to Federal ‘Motor Voter’ Law

Friday, March 15, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Monday, March 18, in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA), Inc., a case brought by the state of Arizona challenging the primacy of the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA or the “motor voter” bill) in regulating federal elections. Passed in 1993, the NVRA … Read More

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Civil Rights Groups File Supreme Court Brief in Support of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, joined by 28 other civil rights organizations, submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder, arguing for the constitutionality of maintaining a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA). The brief asserts that Section 5 of the VRA, which … Read More

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