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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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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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