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A year after the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision gutted a vital protection of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the National Commission on the Voting Rights (NCVR), led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, released a groundbreaking national report revealing where and how minorities continue to experience discrimination in the U.S.
The report, Protecting Minority Voters: Our Work is Not Done, “shows that racial discrimination in voting is a widespread and ongoing problem.” The report offers a comprehensive assessment of discriminatory voting practices since 1995, including legal cases filed on behalf of minority voters; analysis of restrictive state voting laws and practices that make it harder for minorities to vote; and highlights from the testimony received from the hundreds of witnesses at 25 public hearings organized by the National Commission.
The League of Women Voters of the U.S. (LWVUS) was a member of the national steering committee for the commission and LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara acted as a guest commissioner at the Columbus Regional Hearing. Leagues from 20 states and two localities worked to provide written testimony regarding voting in their states, act as expert panelists and cosponsor hearings across the country.