Voting Rights

The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy: if you don’t vote, you don’t count. Since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down a key element of the Voting Rights Act, states and localities have brazenly pushed forward potentially discriminatory changes to voting. Here in California and across the nation voting rights are in jeopardy.

Kimberly Thomas Rapp speaking at the National Commission on Voting Rights
Kimberly Thomas Rapp speaking at the National Commission on Voting Rights

 

Lawyers’ Committee voting rights work seeks to remedy twenty-first century voting rights violations in jurisdictions throughout California. LCCR assists voters, community members, and community-based organizations with impact litigation to protect and advance equal voting rights for communities that have historically been disenfranchised. We work with communities to help identify community-based solutions in compliance with voting rights protections for greater transparency, participation, accountability, and diversity in municipal governance. LCCR collaborates with civil rights legal organizations, community organizations, law schools and the private bar to provide legal and community education regarding voting rights protections. We also work in collaboration with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C., and the National Election Protection Coalition during elections, training attorneys and other mobile legal volunteers to ensure that no eligible voter is turned away from the polls.

LCCR Voting Rights Resources