Press Release - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Deploys Videographers to Counter Voter Suppression at Polls
Teams Will Document Voters’ Experiences in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Colorado
For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Westbrook Simpson, 202.466.2061, firstname.lastname@example.org
November 2, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights announced today that it will deploy videographers to counter voter suppression at polling places in Colorado, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Through its partnership with Video the Vote, The Leadership Conference and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, which are both nonpartisan, will send teams of videographers to key polling places to record voters’ experiences. Under the auspices of The Education Fund’s “Every Voter Counts” campaign, the videographers will help ensure that problems or barriers related to voting procedures are documented and reported to authorities in a timely manner. The teams will also work in conjunction with local partner groups and state-based election protection coalitions.
“Voting is the language of democracy,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund. “And the right to cast a vote free of intimidation has never faced a more sophisticated or coordinated attack. Our videographers are proud to join local and national efforts to make sure that every voter counts in this election.”
Safeguarding voting rights is even more important this year given widespread, coordinated efforts to enact new voter restrictions in states across the county, along with announced intentions of organizations and individuals to challenge voter qualifications at the polls.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals.
The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund’s campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States. For more information on The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund, visit www.civilrights.org.