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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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In New York Times Op-Ed, Leadership Conference President and CEO Vanita Gupta Calls Out Pence-Kobach Voter Suppression Commission Ahead of First Meeting

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WASHINGTON – As the Pence-Kobach Commission convenes for the first time today, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, penned an op-ed in the New York Times calling out the commission for its efforts to suppress voter turnout, and urging state elections officials to stop the looming purge of voter rolls across the … Read More

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More Than 100 Groups Call on Secretaries of State to Protect Voter Rights by Rejecting Pence-Kobach Request for Sensitive Voter Data

Thursday, July 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with more than 100 groups, today sent a letter to state elections officials, including 51 Secretaries of State and 13 election administrators, applauding those who have resisted Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s recent request for sensitive voter information, … Read More

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Senate Judiciary Committee Examines Voting Rights Act’s Importance

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

At a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on voting rights and the impact of unrestricted money in elections, civil rights advocates called for strong enforcement of the nation’s voting rights laws in response to a wave of new state laws that are threatening to undermine democracy and make it harder for millions of Americans to … Read More

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Senate Field Hearing Examines Barriers to Voting in Florida

Friday, January 27, 2012

Recent changes and legislation affecting elections in Florida will have a negative effect on voter participation, civil and human rights advocates told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights during a field hearing held today in Tampa, Florida. Reflecting concerns about a pattern of recent and pending … Read More

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Attorney General Holder Vows to Protect the Voting Rights of All Americans

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

In a speech last week in Austin, Texas, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder affirmed his commitment to protecting the right to vote and indicated that the Department of Justice will be thoroughly reviewing new state voting laws to determine whether they are discriminatory. Speaking at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum, Holder invoked the … Read More

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Congressional Forum Examines the Potential Impact of State Voter Registration Laws

Friday, November 18, 2011

At a Congressional forum this week, civil and human rights advocates warned about the potential for widespread voter suppression under recently adopted state voter registration laws. Drawing on a recent Brennan Center study finding that laws in 14 states could restrict voting access for as many as 5 million Americans, participants at the forum raised … Read More

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