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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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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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