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.


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.


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

Supreme Court Ruling Sanctions Voter Suppression Civil and Human Rights Groups Cite Ruling as Major Problem for Communities of Color

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the civil rights fight against voter suppression tactics in a 5-4 ruling in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, et al., where the Court upheld Ohio’s aggressive practice of purging voters for simply not voting. In an amicus brief filed in 2017, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, were joined by 19 organizations who conveyed that the aggressive practice used in Ohio of purging voter rolls of individuals who had not voted in a two-year period, is harmful to communities of color, especially those with limited English proficiency in the Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Latinx communities.

Latino Justice PRLDEF and Lawyer's Committee Announce Settlement of Major Voting Rights Lawsuit in New York

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 25, 2017 -- Pending approval by the court, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Latino Justice PRLDEF reached a settlement in a voting rights case that was filed on the eve of the November 2016 election on behalf of voters who were illegally purged from the registration rolls in New York City. The pending settlement restores voters to the rolls and puts in place a comprehensive remedial program to prevent the improper purging of voters in future elections.

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.

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