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On Joy Reid's MSNBC show, Sherrilyn Ifill talks about the myth of voter fraud and the devastating effects of voter suppression on people of color throughout the country, especially in the south. Voter fraud is a phantom epidemic -- there is no real evidence of this fraud to justify the wave of voter suppression. Studies have demonstrated that a person is more likely to be struck by lightning than to witness in-person voter fraud.
Last week, LDF's Political Participation Group recorded a tremendous victory for voting rights in Georgia.
LDF Participates in Dignity in Schools Campaign's "Days at the Capitol" As School Data Show Racial Disparities3/21/14Related Case or Issue:
Today, the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights released long-awaited data that unequivocally demonstrate disparities in school resources and disciplinary practices along racial lines.
LDF is pleased that the Georgia Legislature, in a significant move, failed to pass HB 891, a bill that would have reduced drastically early voting in city and town elections from 21 to, incredibly, just 6 days. Just three years ago, the legislature reduced the early voting period for all elections in Georgia from 45 days to 21 days.
New York Voting Rights Organizations Urge Governor Cuomo To Promptly Order Special Election For 12 Vacant Legislative Seats3/18/14
New York, NY—Twelve legislative seats in the New York State Assembly and State Senate are currently vacant, depriving approximately 1.8 million New Yorkers, over 800,000 of whom are people of color, of their fundamental right to representation.