Voting Rights

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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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Bills to Restore Voting Rights to Ex-Felons Introduced in Congress

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Last week, both the Senate and the House introduced the Democracy Restoration Act, legislation that would restore the right to vote in federal elections to millions of Americans with felony convictions who have completed their prison sentences.Approximately 5.3 million Americans are denied the right to vote because of past felony convictions.  Four million of them … Read More

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Nationwide Standards Would Ensure Eligible Votes Are Counted Everywhere

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Elections are run differently in every state, sometimes differently from county to county, making it hard to ensure that every eligible vote is properly counted. In recent elections, inconsistencies in the use of emergency paper ballots and provisional ballots have prevented the votes of many Americans from being counted. During the 2008 presidential primary, for … Read More

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DC Vote Launches Postcard Campaign For D.C. Voting Rights

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

DC Vote recently launched a postcard campaign in support of the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009 (DC VRA), a bill that will give residents of Washington, D.C., a voting member in Congress. Supporters of D.C. voting rights can fill out a form on the DC Vote website to send an electronic postcard … Read More

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Virginia Senate Approves Absentee-Voter Bill

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

On January 26, the Virginia Senate approved a bill to allow no-excuse, in-person absentee voting in elections.  Absentee voting makes voting easier for people.  Many people do not vote on election day because of long lines, or because of difficulty scheduling time off of work and child care. Currently, Virginia voters who want to cast an in-person absentee … Read More

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House Considers Bill to Give D.C. Residents a Vote in Congress

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a bill that will give residents of Washington, D.C., a voting member in Congress.Though district residents pay federal income tax and serve in the military, the District of Columbia is the world’s only national capital of a democracy whose residents do not have voting representation in … Read More

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