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Every Voter Counts

The ability to vote – to have a part in choosing the elected officials whose decisions impact our lives, families, communities, and country – is at the core of our democracy and what it means to be an American. Every American should have a voice in issues that affect them. Every voter counts. But under the guise of preventing so-called “voter fraud” and working in conjunction with advocacy groups, some governors and state legislators have passed laws making it harder for millions of Americans – especially students, seniors, and people of color – to register and to vote.

The Leadership Conference Education Fund, working with allies at the local, state, and national levels, is implementing a campaign to elevate and sustain a focus on voter protection and turnout; to strengthen the ability of individuals and organizations to overcome barriers to the right to vote; and to increase voter turnout among underrepresented populations that are the targets of voter suppression efforts.

FACT SHEET: A Campaign to Protect Access to the Polls and Encourage Voter Participation in 2012 (PDF)

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Texas Voter ID Law Ruled Intentionally Discriminatory

April 11, 2017 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

A federal district court in Texas on Monday ruled that Texas’ strict voter ID law “was passed with a discriminatory purpose in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.” It was the fifth time a federal court ruled against the law.

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Fourth Circuit Strikes Down N.C. Voting Restrictions

July 29, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Friday ruled that North Carolina’s monster voter suppression law, H.B. 589, was enacted with “racially discriminatory intent” to “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.” The law was enacted in August 2013 – just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act (VRA).

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Fifth Circuit Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

July 21, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday ruled (9-6) that Texas’ strict voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act (VRA) because it discriminates against Black and Hispanic voters. The court also asked a lower court to find a remedy to prevent 600,000 Texans who lack a required form of ID from being disenfranchised in November.

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Murkowski Cosponsors Bill to Restore Voting Rights Act

September 10, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R. Alaska, on Thursday announced her support for the Voting Rights Advancement Act, making her the first Republican in the Senate to cosponsor legislation to help restore the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision in 2013.

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Congress Introduces Legislation to Expand and Protect Voting Rights

March 19, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On March 19, Rep. John Lewis, D. Ga., introduced the Voter Empowerment Act (H.R. 12), legislation that would combat voter exclusion, improve the administration of elections, and expand voter participation.

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Why We Need Stronger Voting Protections

October 20, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Just two weeks from tomorrow, Americans will head to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. But this year, accessing the ballot may be easier said than done.

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Supreme Court Decision Restricts Voting Rights in Ohio

October 2, 2014 - Posted by Julie Faust

On September 29, less than a day before early voting was set to begin in Ohio, a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling restricted voters’ access to the ballot by removing the first week of the state’s 35-day early voting period.

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Report: Minority Voters Vulnerable Ahead of Midterm Elections

August 7, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Forty-nine years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR) on August 6 released a report documenting persistent voting discrimination in the United States, finding that states previously subject to Section 5 preclearance under the VRA (particularly Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Georgia) continue to be the worst offenders.

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Senate Hearing Examines Need to Address Current Racial Discrimination in Voting

June 26, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

One year after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) in its Shelby County v. Holder decision, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday held a hearing on proposed legislation to restore critical protections. That legislation – the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (S. 1945) – was introduced in the Senate in January by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D. Vt.

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Advocates to Hold Rally for Voting Rights Following VRAA Senate Hearing

June 24, 2014 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. voting rights and civil rights advocates will hold a rally on Capitol Hill urging the House of Representatives to take up a bipartisan bill to update and modernize the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. The rally will take place right after a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on ongoing racial discrimination in voting and the need for the new legislation.

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Voter ID

States with laws on the books requiring a government-issued photo ID to vote are: Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania (blocked for 2012 election), and Tennessee. Other states – Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, and New Hampshire – also require a photo ID. Learn more.

Go to Election Protection at www.866ourvote.org to find out what your state is requiring to vote.

And check out the Voter ID "Map of Shame" to see where laws have been passed, been stopped, or still face legal challenges.

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Transgender Students Face a lot of Discrimination, and the Trump Administration isn’t Helping

A new report authored by the Movement Advancement Project and GLSEN – in partnership with the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Education Association – outlines the discrimination and bullying that transgender students in ...


It’s 2017 and Equal Pay Still Isn’t a Thing for American Women

A few weeks ago, Melbourne, Australia publicized its recent update to their traffic signal system.  In a progressive attempt at “furthering equality,” the city added crosswalk lights depicting female symbols instead of the commonplace male figur...


Leadership Conference Announces Vanita Gupta as New President and CEO

Our sister organization, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, on Thursday announced that civil rights litigator and advocate Vanita Gupta had been chosen to assume the leadership of both organizations. The chairs of the two organizat...


11 Partner Organizations Just Launched Communities Against Hate

Today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law announced the launch of Communities Against Hate, an initiative of 11 prominent national organizations working together to address the distur...


Online Hate Speech is Pervasive. Here’s How to Start Combating it.

After a presidential campaign notable for its demonization of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities – and now under a presidency that is continuing that dangerous trend – some people are feeling more validated and emboldened than ever. On publ...


We Must Preserve Religious Freedom – But Not at the Expense of Others’ Rights

A year ago this week, we released “Striking a Balance: Advancing Civil and Human Rights While Preserving Religious Liberty” – a report that documents how the religious arguments commonly used today against LGBT equality have been used to oppo...


Now More than Ever, We Need Your Help Protecting Civil and Human Rights

Since 2012, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – Giving Tuesday – has been dedicated to celebrating service and giving back. And in the enduring fight for civil and human rights, a fight that may soon see reenergized challenges, we need you. The L...


The Wage Gap for Latina Workers is Still 54 Cents. That’s Troubling.

By Dominic Rossini, a Fall 2016 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern Today marks the end of the 10th month of the year. It also marks the 10 extra months that a Latina woman must work to have her earnings equal the salary of a man who only ...


Yes, the Tipped Minimum Wage is Rooted in Racial Injustice

A new video released last week by the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) United, featuring actress Thandie Newton, offers this reminder: The subminimum wage for tipped working people, which is still just $2.13 per hour, is a continuing legacy of s...


ITT Tech Shut Down This Month. Former Students Should Know Their Options.

By Abigail Meller, a Fall 2016 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern Earlier this month, ITT Educational Services, Inc. announced that it would close every single ITT Technical Institute campus. The announcement came just one week after the ...


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Unfinished Business

Transgender Students Face a lot of Discrimination, and the Trump Administration isn’t Helping

A new report authored by the Movement Advancement Project and GLSEN – in partnership with the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Education Association – outlines the discrimination and bullying that transgender students in ...


It’s 2017 and Equal Pay Still Isn’t a Thing for American Women

A few weeks ago, Melbourne, Australia publicized its recent update to their traffic signal system.  In a progressive attempt at “furthering equality,” the city added crosswalk lights depicting female symbols instead of the commonplace male figur...


Leadership Conference Announces Vanita Gupta as New President and CEO

Our sister organization, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, on Thursday announced that civil rights litigator and advocate Vanita Gupta had been chosen to assume the leadership of both organizations. The chairs of the two organizat...


11 Partner Organizations Just Launched Communities Against Hate

Today, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law announced the launch of Communities Against Hate, an initiative of 11 prominent national organizations working together to address the distur...


Online Hate Speech is Pervasive. Here’s How to Start Combating it.

After a presidential campaign notable for its demonization of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities – and now under a presidency that is continuing that dangerous trend – some people are feeling more validated and emboldened than ever. On publ...


We Must Preserve Religious Freedom – But Not at the Expense of Others’ Rights

A year ago this week, we released “Striking a Balance: Advancing Civil and Human Rights While Preserving Religious Liberty” – a report that documents how the religious arguments commonly used today against LGBT equality have been used to oppo...


Now More than Ever, We Need Your Help Protecting Civil and Human Rights

Since 2012, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – Giving Tuesday – has been dedicated to celebrating service and giving back. And in the enduring fight for civil and human rights, a fight that may soon see reenergized challenges, we need you. The L...


The Wage Gap for Latina Workers is Still 54 Cents. That’s Troubling.

By Dominic Rossini, a Fall 2016 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern Today marks the end of the 10th month of the year. It also marks the 10 extra months that a Latina woman must work to have her earnings equal the salary of a man who only ...


Yes, the Tipped Minimum Wage is Rooted in Racial Injustice

A new video released last week by the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) United, featuring actress Thandie Newton, offers this reminder: The subminimum wage for tipped working people, which is still just $2.13 per hour, is a continuing legacy of s...


ITT Tech Shut Down This Month. Former Students Should Know Their Options.

By Abigail Meller, a Fall 2016 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern Earlier this month, ITT Educational Services, Inc. announced that it would close every single ITT Technical Institute campus. The announcement came just one week after the ...


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