National Commission on Voting Rights Hears from Voters Across the Country

The National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR), organized by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on behalf of the civil rights community, conducted twenty-five hearings across the country to collect testimony about voting discrimination and election administration challenges and successes. Hundreds of voters, advocates and expert witnesses shared personal experiences and research highlighting both the obstacles to full access to the ballot as well as opportunities for reform.

In the next few months, the NCVR will be issuing two national reports (one on voting discrimination and the other on election administration); voting snapshots for all fifty states; highlights from each of the twenty five NCVR hearings; and national and state maps with voting data.

National Commissioners

The National Commission on Voting Rights is proud to have the following distinguished leaders serving as National Commissioners: Social justice leader, Dolores Huerta; Law Professor and Director of the Indian Law Clinic at the Sandra Day O’ Connor School of Law, ASU, Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, Civil Rights Leader and NAACP Vice Chair, Leon Russell, Youth Engagement Leader, Biko Baker and Former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, John Dunne.

Biko Baker

Executive Director of League of Young Voters, national leader in youth civil engagement programs

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Dolores Huerta

Lifelong Community Activist, Social Justice Leader, President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation

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John Dunne

Former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under President George H Bush

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Leon Russell

NAACP Vice Chair of the National Board of Directors

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Patty Ferguson-Bohnee

Faculty Director, Indian Legal Program Director, Indian Legal Clinic Clinical Professor of Law

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About the National Commission on Voting Rights

In June 2013, the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder effectively nullified Section 5, a key provision of the Voting Rights Act by striking down Section 4.  Additionally, in recent years numerous states have enacted restrictive voting laws, some continue to grapple with recurring election administration challenges, and others have proposed reforms to expand access. 

The NCVR is the successor to the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act.  In 2005, the Lawyers' Committee established the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act to assess the record of discrimination in voting since the 1982 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act.  While the 2005 Commission focused on voting discrimination, the reconstituted Commission also examined electoral administration and reform proposals. The testimony, facts, and data gathered during the hearings as well as state-specific documentary research will be compiled into comprehensive reports and made available to anyone seeking to reform or improve existing voting laws including but not limited to policymakers, advocates, and the voting public.

Supporting national organizations (not exhaustive):

NAACP, ACLU, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Common Cause, Democracy Initiative, Demos, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, League of Women Voters, League of Young Voters, Mi Familia Vota, NALEO, National Action Network, National Coalition of Black Civic Participation, National Congress of American Indians, National Disability Rights Network, National Urban League, Rainbow Push.

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