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Civil Rights Leaders Meet with Senate Democratic Leadership, Discuss Efforts to Combat Hate and Protect Civil Rights

Thursday, September 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, civil rights leaders met with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other members of the Democratic caucus to discuss post-Charlottesville efforts to combat hate and protect civil rights. The groups participating in the meeting, convened at the request of Leader Schumer, included The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Anti-Defamation League; … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Praises Federal Ruling in Texas Voter ID Case

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on a federal judge’s ruling today that Texas’ voter ID law intentionally discriminates against the state’s voters of color: “Today’s ruling is an important victory for voting rights and those who fight for them every … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Justice Department Continues to Undermine Voting Rights

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement in response to the latest Department of Justice filing in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, a pending Supreme Court case concerning Ohio’s procedure for removing voters from the rolls: “Monday’s filing was further confirmation … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Protecting Our Voting Rights Important Now More Than Ever

Friday, August 4, 2017

WASHINGTON— Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement to mark the 52nd anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was signed into law on August 6, 1965: “The Voting Rights Act is one of the most important pieces of legislation our … Read More

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Editorial Boards Nationwide: Pence-Kobach Voting Commission is a Sham

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach held the inaugural meeting of their Voter Suppression Commission – a clear effort to marginalize voters across the country and support President Trump’s unproven claim that millions of people voted illegally in 2016. In a New York Times op-ed, Vanita Gupta, president … 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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