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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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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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Supreme Court Upholds Primacy of Federal ‘Motor Voter Law’ in Arizona Voter Registration Ruling

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.

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arizona’s Challenge to Federal ‘Motor Voter’ Law

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.

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Civil Rights Groups File Supreme Court Brief in Support of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

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).

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Senate Hearing Focuses on Need to Reform How Americans Vote

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.

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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.

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It's Time to Vote

November 6, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler

As voters head to the polls today,  the civil and human rights community is working tirelessly to ensure the rights and votes of all Americans.

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New Video: Ensuring Every Voter Counts

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.

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Legislators, Civil Rights Groups Concerned about Conservative Group Challenging Voters

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.

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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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The Wage Gap for Black Women is Still Devastatingly Large

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New ACS Report Shows Serious Lack of Diversity within State Courts

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Immigrant Heritage Month 2016: My Mom’s American Dream

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Unfinished Business

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 ...


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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