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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

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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

Senate Committee Advances Two Additional Judicial Extremists, Furthers Trump’s Court Packing

Thursday, June 14, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to bring to the Senate floor nominees Allen Winsor for the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Florida and Patrick R. Wyrick for the U.S. … 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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