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 PRLDEF and GALEO Send Follow up Letter and Request to Meet with Gwinnett County Officials Seeking Compliance with Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act

October 4, 2017 (Atlanta, GA)- LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the Georgia Association a Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), sent follow up joint Recommendation Letters and a formal Request to Meet as a follow up to their joint Notice Letters and Georgia Open Records Act Requests sent on July 18, 2017 to the Gwinnett County Board of Elections and all municipalities within Gwinnett County, to remind all municipalities within Gwinnett County to adhere to the mandates required under Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which require the County and every municipality within the County to provide Spanish language election information, materials and assistance.

Supreme Court Case Could Help or Hinder Voter Suppression

Washington, D.C. — Today,LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, joined by 19 organizations, submitted an amicus brief (also known as a friend of the court document) in support of respondent A. Philip Randolph Institute for the U.S. Supreme Court case, Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, et al. The case could prove to be pivotal in the civil rights fight against voter suppression tactics.

LatinoJustice Files Amicus Brief in an Important Gerrymandering case in Front of the Supreme Court

LatinoJustice, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF) and four other civil rights legal organizations have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Gill v. Whitford. The case could force Wisconsin to redraw its state assembly map after a trial court struck down the map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. A 3-judge appeals panel ruled that Wisconsin had to redraw the lines, but the state appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court.

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