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)
June 17, 2013 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled (7-2) in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA), Inc., that the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993 pre-empts an Arizona voter registration law requiring documents showing proof of citizenship.
March 15, 2013 - Posted by Emily Van Dusen
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Monday, March 18, in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA), Inc., a case brought by the state of Arizona challenging the primacy of the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA or the “motor voter” bill) in regulating federal elections.
February 27, 2013 - Posted by Emily Van Dusen
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, joined by 28 other civil rights organizations, submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder, arguing for the constitutionality of maintaining a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA).
December 20, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week, civil and human rights advocates spoke to the need for reforming the antiquated and uneven process governing how Americans register and vote in elections.
Overcoming Obstacles and Long Lines, American Voters Exercise Their Most Fundamental Civil and Human Right
November 7, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler
Last night's presidential election was an important event for all Americans who believe in building a nation as good as its ideals.
October 8, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler
Politicians in dozens of states have enacted new laws and rules that threaten to limit who can vote. Students, people of color, low-income individuals, people with disabilities, and older Americans are the most likely communities to be affected by these laws.
October 5, 2012 - Posted by Avril Lighty
A month before Election Day, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, launched an investigation of conservative group True the Vote’s campaign to challenge voters’ registration status in several states across the country.
September 25, 2012 - Posted by Shannon Housley
At a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on voting rights and the impact of unrestricted money in elections, civil rights advocates called for strong enforcement of the nation’s voting rights laws in response to a wave of new state laws that are threatening to undermine democracy and make it harder for millions of Americans to participate fairly in elections.
January 27, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler
Recent changes and legislation affecting elections in Florida will have a negative effect on voter participation, civil and human rights advocates told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights during a field hearing held today in Tampa, Florida.
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.
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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