PRESS CALL: Lawyers’ Committee Files Suit Challenging New York Voter Disenfranchisement Lawsuit Challenges Removal of Voters from New York Poll Books

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 6th at 1:30 p.m. ET, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, together with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) and the law firm of Dechert LLP, will hold a press call to announce a federal suit in New York filed on behalf of Common Cause to restore the voting rights of millions of New Yorkers ahead of the 2018 election.

The suit against the New York State Board of Elections alleges that certain eligible but “inactive” voters are improperly removed from poll books throughout New York State in violation of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). This causes the disenfranchisement of New Yorkers who are incorrectly told by poll workers that they are not eligible to vote or forced to vote an affidavit ballot rather than a regular ballot. The NVRA, however, precludes removal of eligible voters from the voting rolls unless they fail to respond to a postcard from election officials seeking to verify their address and also fail to vote in two consecutive federal election cycles.

WHO: Joanna Cuevas Ingram, Associate Counsel – LatinoJustice PRLDEF Kristen Clarke - President and Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Susan Lerner - executive director, Common Cause NY Neil Steiner - senior partner, Dechert LLP

WHEN: Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: Participant Dial In Number: upon RSVP

RSVP at: Press@lawyersCommittee.org

Contact:
John Garcia
jgarcia@latinojustice.org

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