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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 Judiciary Committee Examines Voting Rights Act's Importance

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.

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Senate Field Hearing Examines Barriers to Voting in Florida

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.

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Attorney General Holder Vows to Protect the Voting Rights of All Americans

December 21, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

In a speech last week in Austin, Texas, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder affirmed his commitment to protecting the right to vote and indicated that the Department of Justice will be thoroughly reviewing new state voting laws to determine whether they are discriminatory.

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Congressional Forum Examines the Potential Impact of State Voter Registration Laws

November 18, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

At a Congressional forum this week, civil and human rights advocates warned about the potential for widespread voter suppression under recently adopted state voter registration laws.

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Study: Restrictive Voting Laws Could Affect Five Million Americans

October 5, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A new study from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law finds that as many as five million voters will be adversely affected in the 2012 election by new restrictive state voting laws.

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Federal Court Upholds Constitutionality of Key Provision of the Voting Rights Act

September 23, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge John Bates upheld the constitutionality of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in a case brought by Shelby County, Alabama.

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New State Voting Laws Roll Back Civil Rights Clock

September 20, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

At a Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights hearing last week, senators and civil and human rights organizations expressed concern over what one witness called an assault on voting rights comparable to the Jim Crow era.

The hearing focused on the recent wave of state legislation that will restrict voters’ access to the polls, disenfranchising millions of voters.

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Report: Voter ID Proposals Threaten Voting Rights

April 22, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The push to require a government-issued photo ID in order to vote could disenfranchise millions of voters, according to a recent report by the Advancement Project

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Aggressive Use of ‘Ballot Security’ Measures Raising Civil Rights Concerns

October 30, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The growing use of "ballot security" measures aimed at limiting voter fraud has raised civil rights concerns because of their potential to disrupt the voting process, to disproportionately target minority voters, and to cause voter confusion and intimidation, according to a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice.

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Election Protection Using Twitter to Defend Voting Rights

October 29, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler

This election season, Election Protection (EP), the nation's largest non-partisan voter protection coalition, will be using Twitter as part of its election monitoring activities.

EP is encouraging voters to send Tweets if they are experiencing problems at the polls such as "long lines, voter intimidation, suspicious behavior, voting machine malfunctions, and registration errors."

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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

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. ...


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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 ...


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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...


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