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News Updates

  • Ending voter suppression ahead of 2016

    11/07/14

    Op-ed co-authored by Ben Jealous and Ryan Haygood portend challenges to voting access in 2016....

    For far too many Americans, voting became more difficult or, in some cases, impossible in 2014.

  • Statement of Sherrilyn Ifill on Ebola

    11/05/14

    Statement of Sherrilyn Ifill on Ebola

  • Public Housing ID not Valid Voter Photo ID in Alabama

    11/04/14

    The state of Alabama has told the NAACP Legal Defense Fund that public housing Identification will not be accepted as a form of photo ID to vote at the polls. LDF has written the Secretary of State’s office requesting that this form of ID, which for many people of color is their only form of ID, be accepted under their new Photo ID law.  In an email, from the Secretary of State’s Chief Legal Advisor, that request was denied.

  • LDF's 2014 Prepared to Vote Campaign

    10/31/14

    LDF Lawyer on the move on election day

    LDF lawyers will be teaming up with local grassroots and legal partners to ensure maximum participation by voters of color in the midterm elections of November 2014. 

  • NPR Hosts a Conversation with Janai Nelson on New Voting Laws

    10/30/14

    NPR Presents: Voting Rights Or Wrongs?

    North Carolina's new voting law has been a hot topic of discussion—and litigation—this election year. 

    The law reduced the number of early voting days, eliminated same-day registration during early voting, and did away with the counting of out-of-precinct ballots. In 2016, voter ID is scheduled to take effect.