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Political Participation

Since its founding in 1940, LDF has been a pioneer in the struggle to secure and protect the voting rights of African-Americans. LDF has been involved in nearly all of the precedent-setting litigation relating to minority voting rights. LDF’s Political Participation Group uses legal, legislative, public education and advocacy strategies to promote the full, equal and active participation of African-Americans in America’s democracy.

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Program Work

Voting Rights Act

United States v. Texas, et al.; Veasey v. Perry

On August 22, 2013, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit  in the Southern District of Texas challenging Texas's discriminatory photo...

Voting Rights Act

Terrebonne Parish Branch NAACP, et al. v. Jindal, et al.

LDF and cooperating Louisiana attorney, Ronald L. Wilson, filed a challenge under the Voting Rights Act and the U. S. Constitution to Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana’s 32nd Judicial District Court. A Black candidate has never been elected with opposition as a judge on...

Voting Rights Act

Greater Birmingham Ministries v. Alabama

On December 2, 2015, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Covington & Burling, LLP, and local attorney Ed Still filed a lawsuit in the Northern District Alabama challenging Alabama’s discriminatory photo ID law, HB 19, under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the...