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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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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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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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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.

Voter Resources

Organizations

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Unfinished Business

The Wage Gap for Black Women is Still Devastatingly Large

By Arielle Atherley, Policy Associate Today marks Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, the day we acknowledge the eight additional months Black women must work in order to make the same amount of money that White, non-Hispanic men made the year before. ...


To Fund Transit Equity, Local Advocates Turn to Ballot Initiatives

By Courtney Hutchison, senior communications associate at PolicyLink As all eyes turn to the presidential election, many transportation equity advocates are setting their sights on more local battles, where city and county ballot measures are offe...


26 Years after the ADA, United States Can Do More to Lead on Disability Rights

This week marks 26 years since President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. At the signing, Bush said it was an “incredible day” and declared, “Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling ...


How Citi is Expanding ATM Access in Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color

By Sofia Baig, a Summer 2016 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern In consultation with members of the Asset Building Policy Network, including The Leadership Conference Education Fund, Citibank announced last week that it would be providing...


New ACS Report Shows Serious Lack of Diversity within State Courts

Picture this: A Black man is accused of a crime he assuredly did not commit. He stands trial in a court full of White faces, both in the jury and judge. Consequently, he is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to a lifetime in jail, subject to the vici...


Immigrant Heritage Month 2016: My Mom’s American Dream

By Luisa Guaracao, a Leadership Conference Education Fund Communications Fellow Long before I was conceived, my mom had a dream for me. She dreamed that I would speak perfect English – not that I would be an astronaut or the next president, ­­...


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By Cheyenne Bridgewater, a Summer 2016 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern Across the country, local communities are increasingly turning to ballot measures to improve the infrastructure that’s essential to their ability to walk, bike, o...


American Families Need More Economic Security. These Developments Could Help.

Morgan Spears, Emerson National Hunger Fellow The Leadership Conference Education Fund As Dr. King stated, “change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” And that’s how progress on matters o...


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