The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Election Reform

2008 Election

With record-setting turnout for the 2008 presidential election, flaws in the nation's electoral system became even more apparent. News reports from around the country spoke of long waits, absentee ballots not reaching voters, voter suppression and intimidation efforts, and voting machine break downs. Millions of voters were issued provisional ballots when their voting eligibility could not be determined at the poll.

Hans von Spakovsky Nomination to FEC

Hans von Spakovksy was nominated by President Bush to the Federal Election Commission, but he withdrew his nomination due to controversy over his activities at the U.S. Department of Justice.

2006 Election

In 2006, The Leadership Conference and other civil rights groups educated citizens about controversial new voting procedures in several states that required voters to present certain identification documents.

2006 New Orleans Municipal Elections

When municipal elections were held in New Orleans in 2006, many complained that the satellite and absentee voting plan would disenfranchise many voters who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

2004 Election

2004 saw increases in voter registration and voter participation by minorities and young people. Despite the passage of HAVA, there were thousands of complaints of incidents and irregularities at the polling places throughout the country.

2002 Election

The Leadership Conference teamed up with other civil rights organizations on Election Protection, an ambitious nonpartisan program aimed at helping voters know, exercise and protect their rights on Election Day.

HAVA / Election Reform Law 2002

In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA"), which calls upon states to establish statewide voter registration databases, use provisional ballots to ensure that no eligible voter is turned away, upgrade to newer voting equipment, and expand access for voters with disabilities.

2000 Election

Of all civil rights, none is more important than the right to vote and have that vote count. But millions of Americans were deprived of this most basic right in the 2000 election due to problems with voter registration rolls, voting technology and absentee ballots.

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