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National Civil Rights Organizations Partner with State Advocates for Election Protection 2016 to Educate, Engage and Empower Voters In First Presidential Election Since the Weakening of Federal Voting Rights Protections

February 18, 2016

For Immediate Release February 18, 2016

Stacie B. Burgess
Director of Communications and External Affairs
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
(202) 662-8317/(202) 445-6101 (cell)
sburgess@lawyerscommittee.org

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, NALEO Educational Fund, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC and APIAVote will help voters navigate voting process and engage them in social media campaign.

Media Teleconference, Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 12:30 PM EST 

Washington, D.C.– Less than a week from Super Tuesday, voting rights leaders from four national nonpartisan organizations from the Election Protection (EP) coalition will hold a teleconference to discuss their voter protection resources and how they will empower voters in the 2016 election. A key part of the 2016 EP program is a social media campaign to engage and educate voters throughout the year. State advocates from Georgia, North Carolina and Texas will also discuss restrictive voting practices in their states. EP will also release the first report in a series of briefs describing the state of voting rights leading up to the November election, which will be the first Presidential election since a 2013 Supreme Court decision that gutted a Voting Rights Act provision that prevented discriminatory changes to election laws. In the three years since, numerous states and local governments have passed restrictive voting laws or implemented voting practices that disproportionately impact voters of color.

WHO:                    

Kristen Clarke, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, President and Executive Director

Hill Harper, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National Spokesperson; Actor, Author, and Philanthropist

Arturo Vargas, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, Executive Director

Mee Moua, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC, President and Executive Director

Christine Chen, Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), Executive Director

State advocates from NC, GA and TX: Bob Hall, Democracy North Carolina, Executive Director; Sara Shalf, Emory University School of Law Professor and Georgia EP leader; Jose Garza, voting rights attorney based in San Antonio

WHEN:                   Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 12:30 PM EST

CALL IN:           Please RSVP to Stacie Burgess, sburgess@lawyerscommittee.org for call-in information

 

Please contact Stacie Burgess, Director of Communications and External Affairs, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law with any questions at (202) 662-8317, (202) 445-6101 (mobile) or SBurgess@lawyerscommittee.org.

About Election Protection
Election Protection is the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through its suite of hotlines, including the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline (866-687-8683) administered by the Lawyers’ Committee, 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) administered by NALEO Educational Fund, 888-API-VOTE (888-273-8683) administered by APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC and dedicated team of trained legal and grassroots volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting. The coalition has more than 100 partners – including Advancement Project, Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, League of Women Voters of the United States, NAACP, National Bar Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, State Voices, Rock the Vote and Verified Voting Foundation, – at the national, state and local levels and provides voter protection services nationwide. For more information about Election Protection, the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline, please visit: www.866ourvote.org.

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