Voting Rights

Since our founding in 1972, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has used litigation and advocacy to protect Latino voting rights. We challenge discriminatory purges, unnecessary voter ID laws, the absence of bilingual assistance at the polling places, at-large election structures, regionalization of over-populated districts, and unfair redistricting plans that attempt to deny or dilute the power of the Latino vote. This is at the core of our work because full civic participation is the only way that Latinos can ensure their fair and equitable treatment in this country.

Programs

Cada Voto Cuenta - Voter Protection

LatinoJustice's Nonpartisan Cada Voto Cuenta Election Monitoring Voter Protection Initiative, affiliated with the National Election Protection Coalition, is recruiting bilingual Spanish-speaking legal volunteers in five states. In each of these localities we will identify, recruit, train, cultivate and develop local private bar leaders, bar associations, legal services organizations and law students to enforce voting rights protections on behalf of Latina/o communities across the Eastern Seaboard and the Southeastern United States. Read more about our "Cada Voto Cuenta" Voter Protection program here.

Redistricting

Every 10 years, the U.S. government tries to count everyone in the country. That data is then used to redraw district lines from which most elected officials - members of Congress, state legislators, county commissioners, mayors, city council members, school board members – run for office. The district boundaries are redrawn at least once per decade. Read more about our Redistricting program here.

The Rights Restoration Project

LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s Rights Restoration Project provides legal assistance and advocacy to formerly incarcerated Latinos seeking clemency to restore their voting rights. Our goal is to end the systematic disenfranchisement of Latinos and other communities of color in Florida. Read more about Rights Restoration here.

Voting Rights Legislation

LatinoJustice follows a number of laws at the local and national level that could impact Latino/a voting. Check back here regularly for updates on specific laws that hurt or benefit Latino/a voting. The featured Voting Rights Legislation work will be updated on a monthly basis. The first piece of legislation that we want to highlight is the Voting Rights Amendment Act, a law that was proposed to replace the Voting Rights Act after it was gutted in 2013. To help you better understand why LatinoJustice supports this legislation read Puerto Ricans and the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Voting Rights Updates

LatinoJustice & Dēmos File Amicus in Supreme Court Case Challenging Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law under the Voting Rights Act

LatinoJustice PRLDEF (“LatinoJustice”) and Dēmos submitted an amici curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court today in support of a petition for certiorari challenging Michigan’s controversial Emergency Manager Law, Public Act (PA) 436, arguing that laws which remove governmental authority from locally-elected officials in municipalities that have disproportionately large minority populations are discriminatory and subject to scrutiny under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and that the Sixth Circuit ruled in error below by failing to examine the statute under Section 2’s totality of circumstances test. The amici are represented by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Civil Rights Groups Applaud DOJ’s Intervention in Lawsuit Against New York City Board of Elections

Washington, D.C.—The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), together with Common Cause/New York, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the law firm of Dechert LLP, applaud the Justice Department for filing a motion to intervene in their lawsuit against the New York City Board of Elections (NYC BOE).

It Has Begun

News that Kris Kobach has been named to the president-elect's transition team signals that the incoming administration remains committed to its promise to aggressively round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants, tearing families apart and dashing the dreams of young DREAMers who had anticipated a clear path to citizenship.

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