Voting Rights

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Trump-Pence-Kobach Voter Suppression Efforts are Underway

Thursday, June 29, 2017

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the issuance of two letters by the Trump administration that indicate it is laying the groundwork for mass voter purges. In a letter sent by the Department of Justice to states covered by the National Voter … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes Reintroduction of Voting Rights Advancement Act

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the reintroduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act by Senator Patrick Leahy and Congresswoman Terri Sewell: “We welcome the reintroduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act and urge Congress to pass this critical legislation. Since the … Read More

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New Video Highlights Jeff Sessions’ War on Voting Rights in Alabama

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Human and Civil Rights released a video highlighting Sessions’ attempt to jail Alabama civil rights workers who were registering black voters in 1985. The video features one of Sessions’ victims, Evelyn Turner, discussing how she was targeted for wrongful prosecution for helping elderly Black voters. In the video, … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds North Carolina Voting Rights Ruling, Laments Arduous Litigation Caused by Shelby

Friday, July 29, 2016

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to today’s unanimous decision holding that North Carolina’s monster voter suppression law intentionally discriminated against voters of color:  “Today’s decision is an important victory for the countless North Carolina voters of color who were discriminated … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Texas Voting Rights Ruling, Laments Arduous Litigation Caused by Shelby

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to today’s decision holding that Texas’ voter ID law violated the Voting Rights Act:  “We applaud today’s decision as a victory for the 600,000 Texans – many of whom are people of color – who … Read More

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New State Voting Laws Roll Back Civil Rights Clock

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

At a Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights hearing last week, senators and civil and human rights organizations expressed concern over what one witness called an assault on voting rights comparable to the Jim Crow era. The hearing focused on the recent wave of state legislation that will restrict voters’ access … Read More

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Report: Voter ID Proposals Threaten Voting Rights

Friday, April 22, 2011

The push to require a government-issued photo ID in order to vote could disenfranchise millions of voters, according to a recent report by the Advancement Project.  “Photo ID requirements would erode the integrity of elections by systematically excluding large groups of eligible voters and place them in second-class status, reversing a century-long trend of opening … Read More

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Aggressive Use of ‘Ballot Security’ Measures Raising Civil Rights Concerns

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The growing use of “ballot security” measures aimed at limiting voter fraud has raised civil rights concerns because of their potential to disrupt the voting process, to disproportionately target minority voters, and to cause voter confusion and intimidation, according to a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice.The report analyzes four tactics that are … Read More

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Election Protection Using Twitter to Defend Voting Rights

Friday, October 29, 2010

This election season, Election Protection (EP), the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition, will be using Twitter as part of its election monitoring activities. EP is encouraging voters to send Tweets if they are experiencing problems at the polls such as “long lines, voter intimidation, suspicious behavior, voting machine malfunctions, and registration errors.”On its website, … Read More

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New Bipartisan Committee Aims to Revamp Voter Registration

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Committee to Modernize Voter Registration, a bipartisan group of election and campaign experts and former Republican and Democratic congressmen, aims to fix the nation’s broken voter registration system.  In 2008, four to five million voters faced registration issues that ultimately prevented them from casting a ballot. The committee says that the two biggest problems with … Read More

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