Voting Rights News

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.

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.

Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Removal of Voters from New York Poll Books

WASHINGTON, D.C. – LatinoJustice PRLDEF together with The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), and the law firm of Dechert LLP, filed suit in federal court in New York on Wednesday on behalf of Common Cause New York to restore the voting rights of millions of New Yorkers ahead of the 2018 election.

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.

LatinoJustice and MALDEF Join LDF and The Ordinary People Society in Lawsuit Challenging the President’s Election Integrity Commission

Yesterday, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) in challenging the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The amended complaint adds seven plaintiffs who seek to enjoin the Commission, which we contend was created to discriminate against voters of color.

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.

Landmark Settlement in Census Bureau Employment Discrimination Hiring Case Approved

A New York federal court has approved the settlement of a landmark class action in which African American and Latino job applicants alleged illegal background check policies and practices at the U.S. Census Bureau denied them access to more than a million temporary jobs for the 2010 decennial census. On September 20, 2016, Magistrate Judge Frank Mass of the Southern District of New York approved Plaintiffs’ proposed nationwide settlement agreement with the Census Bureau in Gonzalez et. al v. Pritzker, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. After six years of complex litigation, Plaintiffs’ motions for class certification, attorneys’ fees and costs, and $10,000 service awards for each of the class agent plaintiffs, were approved without objection.

LJP Update: Announcing 2016 Gala Honorees, Supporting the End of “Prison Gerrymandering” and more

We are excited to announce our 2016 Gala Honorees! Make sure you get your tickets soon! You can also read about how we are challenging how the Census counts people who are incarcerated.

Supreme Court Rejects Redistricting Challenge that Would Have Disenfranchised Latinos

WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court unanimously ruled today in Evenwel v. Abbott that a state or locality is allowed to draw its legislative districts based on total population alone. The Supreme Court found that as constitutional history, precedent, and practice demonstrate, a state or locality may draw its legislative districts based upon total population rather than utilizing a voter-population baseline.

News and Events: Gala Honoree Profile, Right To Be Counted and more

Get to Know Junot Diaz, Community Champion for the 2015 Gala. Then, find out about the latest Supreme Court case that could change the redistricting process as we know it. This and much more is covered in this week's bi-weekly news and events update.

News and Events; Puerto Rico, NJ Education and More

This is a copy of the newsletter that we sent out on July 23rd and it highlights the latest news and events from LatinoJustice. It focused on recapping LAWbound, NJ education policy, Puerto Rico Crisis and more

Civil Rights Groups Announce Unity Map for NYC Council Redistricting

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), National Institute for Latino Policy (NILP), and the Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) of Medgar Evers College have released the NYC Council Unity Map, a joint proposal for new City Council districts that reflects New York City’s changing demographics and protects the voting rights of Blacks, Latinos, and Asian Americans.

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