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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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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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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act Introduction

January 16, 2014 - Posted by Avril Lighty

On January 16, a bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, which updates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder.

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Senate Hearing on Voting Rights Calls for Congressional Action after Supreme Court Decision

July 25, 2013 - Posted by Shane Grannum

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s recent Shelby County v. Holder decision, the Senate Judiciary Committee last week held a hearing on the need for developing a remedy to restore crucial voting rights protections that the ruling struck down.

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Supreme Court Rules that Voting Rights Act’s Coverage Formula Is Unconstitutional

June 25, 2013 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

In a 5-4 decision authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that determines which jurisdictions have to preclear any voting changes with the federal government before those changes can go into effect.

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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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Transportation Equity Caucus Celebrates 5 years of Expanding Opportunity

By Julie Faust and Anita Hairston In September 2010, the nation’s leading civil rights, disability, racial justice, faith-based, housing, and transportation organizations joined together with the common goal of advancing federal transportation p...


This Giving Tuesday, Help Us Build a Nation as Good as its Ideals

Sixty years ago today, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., at a time when segregation on public transportation was still legal. A year later, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed bus segregation, and within a decade of Par...


House Speaker Ryan Plans to Hold Up Comprehensive Immigration Reform

By John Hamilton, a Fall 2015 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern On November 1, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R. Wisc., made rounds on morning talk shows laying out his vision as the newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. One t...


As California Bans Use of Racist Team Name, Republican Presidential Candidates Voice Support for it

Over the weekend, California became the first state to ban the use of a racist team name or mascot, a name that has come under pressure most visibly in the nation’s capital because of the name of the city’s professional football team. The California Racial Mascots Act, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday, won the praise of the Change the Mascot campaign. In a joint statement from Jackie Pata, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, and Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative, the campaign praised California “for standing on the right side of history by bringing an end to the use of the demeaning and damaging R-word slur in the state’s schools.”


Viola Davis and President Obama Just Called Out the Opportunity Gap for Black Women

When Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson were nominated for Emmy’s this year in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, they were only the sixth and seventh Black women to ever be nominated for that award.

When Davis accepted her first-ever Emmy Sunday night, she also became the first of those seven women to actually win. Her acceptance speech, one that invoked abolitionist Harriet Tubman, was a powerful reminder that, as Davis said, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”


95 Years After the 19th Amendment, Women’s Fight for Voting Rights Continues

In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th amendment – guaranteeing women the right to vote – and to honor the brave women and men who fought for women’s suffrage. Today, on the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment, the right to vote seems unalienable and fundamental to any democracy – but nearly 100 years ago, many Americans didn’t think women should have that right.


Transportation Advocates from Across U.S. Gather for Equity Convening

Early this July, six local transportation organizations from across the country gathered in D.C. for the Transportation Equity Caucus (TEC) first national equity convening – a two-day event of trainings, story-sharing, strategizing, and Hill visits with key transportation stakeholders. Each of the organizations in attendance —MORE2, Puget Sound Sage/Tacoma-Pierce County Equity Network, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Urban Habitat, Services for Independent Living, and WISDOM—had received grants of up to $25,000 from TEC in April to support projects that advance affordable and accessible transportation in their communities, making this convening an opportunity to share successes, learn from each other, and plan for the months of advocacy ahead.


35 Years Later: The U.S. Still Hasn’t Ratified CEDAW, But Local Activists are Working to Make a Difference for Women and Girls

Though we’re sometimes regarded as an exemplar of human rights, the United States stands out internationally today for one disappointing – and shameful – reason.

That’s because 35 years after President Carter signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), an international human rights treaty intended to bring equality to women around the world, the United States still hasn’t ratified it.


These are the Significant Costs of Predatory Loans

By Hunter Davis, a Summer 2015 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern Earlier this month, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) held a briefing – and released a groundbreaking new report – on the cumulative costs of abusive lending, a ...


Immigrant Heritage Month 2015: Celebrating the Importance of DACA and DAPA

By Julia Burzynski, a Summer 2015 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern During the month of June, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights partnered with the Immigrant Heritage Month Campaign to celebrate and commemorate the history...


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Unfinished Business

Transportation Equity Caucus Celebrates 5 years of Expanding Opportunity

By Julie Faust and Anita Hairston In September 2010, the nation’s leading civil rights, disability, racial justice, faith-based, housing, and transportation organizations joined together with the common goal of advancing federal transportation p...


This Giving Tuesday, Help Us Build a Nation as Good as its Ideals

Sixty years ago today, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., at a time when segregation on public transportation was still legal. A year later, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed bus segregation, and within a decade of Par...


House Speaker Ryan Plans to Hold Up Comprehensive Immigration Reform

By John Hamilton, a Fall 2015 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern On November 1, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R. Wisc., made rounds on morning talk shows laying out his vision as the newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. One t...


As California Bans Use of Racist Team Name, Republican Presidential Candidates Voice Support for it

Over the weekend, California became the first state to ban the use of a racist team name or mascot, a name that has come under pressure most visibly in the nation’s capital because of the name of the city’s professional football team. The California Racial Mascots Act, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday, won the praise of the Change the Mascot campaign. In a joint statement from Jackie Pata, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, and Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative, the campaign praised California “for standing on the right side of history by bringing an end to the use of the demeaning and damaging R-word slur in the state’s schools.”


Viola Davis and President Obama Just Called Out the Opportunity Gap for Black Women

When Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson were nominated for Emmy’s this year in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, they were only the sixth and seventh Black women to ever be nominated for that award.

When Davis accepted her first-ever Emmy Sunday night, she also became the first of those seven women to actually win. Her acceptance speech, one that invoked abolitionist Harriet Tubman, was a powerful reminder that, as Davis said, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”


95 Years After the 19th Amendment, Women’s Fight for Voting Rights Continues

In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th amendment – guaranteeing women the right to vote – and to honor the brave women and men who fought for women’s suffrage. Today, on the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment, the right to vote seems unalienable and fundamental to any democracy – but nearly 100 years ago, many Americans didn’t think women should have that right.


Transportation Advocates from Across U.S. Gather for Equity Convening

Early this July, six local transportation organizations from across the country gathered in D.C. for the Transportation Equity Caucus (TEC) first national equity convening – a two-day event of trainings, story-sharing, strategizing, and Hill visits with key transportation stakeholders. Each of the organizations in attendance —MORE2, Puget Sound Sage/Tacoma-Pierce County Equity Network, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Urban Habitat, Services for Independent Living, and WISDOM—had received grants of up to $25,000 from TEC in April to support projects that advance affordable and accessible transportation in their communities, making this convening an opportunity to share successes, learn from each other, and plan for the months of advocacy ahead.


35 Years Later: The U.S. Still Hasn’t Ratified CEDAW, But Local Activists are Working to Make a Difference for Women and Girls

Though we’re sometimes regarded as an exemplar of human rights, the United States stands out internationally today for one disappointing – and shameful – reason.

That’s because 35 years after President Carter signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), an international human rights treaty intended to bring equality to women around the world, the United States still hasn’t ratified it.


These are the Significant Costs of Predatory Loans

By Hunter Davis, a Summer 2015 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern Earlier this month, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) held a briefing – and released a groundbreaking new report – on the cumulative costs of abusive lending, a ...


Immigrant Heritage Month 2015: Celebrating the Importance of DACA and DAPA

By Julia Burzynski, a Summer 2015 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern During the month of June, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights partnered with the Immigrant Heritage Month Campaign to celebrate and commemorate the history...


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