Press Call: Ballot Rights Supporters Sound Alarm For 2016 Election On Shelby County V. Holder Anniversary

WASHINGTON – On Friday, June 17 at 11:30 am ET, voting rights advocates and voters will host a press call to discuss the effect of the Shelby County v. Holder choice on the 2016 governmental election, the first in 50 years without the full securities of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The call kicks off a week of action to restore the VRA in advance of the 3rd anniversary of Shelby, which falls on June 25.

On the call, participants will release a brand-new report entitled Warning Signs: The Potential Impact of Shelby County v. Holder on the 2016 General Election, which profiles voter suppression activities in states that were when covered by Area 5 of the VRA and are host to competitive 2016 contests for 84 Electoral College votes, two Senate seats, and one guv’s seat. The report discovers that, since Shelby, all five of these states– North Carolina, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Virginia – have actually taken part in deceptive and advanced practices to disenfranchise voters that will have an effect on the 2016 election.

The call will feature local voters, election administrators, and advocates discussing how Shelby has actually made it harder to enact Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina.

To ask for an embargoed copy of the report, email Simpson@civilrights.org.

The report is a collaborative effort between The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the ACLU, the Improvement TaskAAJC, the Brennan Center for Justice, the Legal representatives’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the NALEO Educational Fund.

WHAT: Press Call: Voting Rights Advocates Sound Alarm for 2016 Election on Shelby v. Holder Anniversary

WHEN: Friday, June 17 at 11:30 am ET

WHO:

  • Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund
  • Monica Cooper, an Arizona voter disenfranchised throughout the 2016 primary and a complainant in a voting rights claim versus Arizona and Maricopa County
  • Anita Earls, executive director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, which has played a crucial role in fighting voter suppression in North Carolina
  • Marion Warren, Registrar of Voters for the City of Sparta in Hancock County, Georgia.

DIAL-IN INFO: Please RSVP to Simpson@civilrights.org to get an embargoed copy of the report. Dial-in: 877.876.9177. Verbal Passcode: “Shelby.”