Elections should be free, fair and accessible.  We need to work together to eliminate barriers to the ballot box and protect the right to vote.  When the right to vote is not protected, discriminatory laws are implemented, people are disenfranchised, and are not able to elect representatives of their choice.
National Voting Rights Advisor
Professor Kareem Crayton, University of North Carolina

Preventing the Right to Vote
Over the last few years, barriers have been implemented that make it harder for people of color to vote in the United States.  This was demonstrated through the 2013 Supreme Court decision, Shelby County v. Holder which invalidated the formula that determined which required jurisdictions with a history of discrimination to preclear their voting changes before the Department of Justice or a 3 Judge Panel in Washington, DC before they were implemented. We have also seen legislatures across the country pass laws making it harder to vote. These laws have implemented strict voter ID laws, eliminated early voting days and hours, eliminated same day voter registration, and closed and consolidated polling places.  

Join Our Event! Election Protection Committee
The National Bar Association believes that our voting system should be free, fair, and accessible to all eligible Americans. This year the organization will protect the right to vote through its “Election Protection Committee” in the following states:
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Virginia
The "Election Protection Committee"
The National Bar Association's "Election Protection Committee" will support affiliates in non-targeted states that desire to have some form of voter protection — we understand the desire to protect the vote is not limited to the states that have been identified. 

For more information contact: Chair Vicky McPherson or Co-Chair Leigh Chapman.
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