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  • LDF to Alabama Secretary of State: Ensure All Election Day Personnel Familiar With Voter Protection Laws


    In a letter detailing the intimidation experienced by one of LDF’s own attorneys, who was engaged in non-partisan poll-watching during the primary, LDF contacted the Alabama Secretary of State expressing concerns over potential voter intimidation and called on him to reach out to county election officials in advance of Election Day to ensure all poll workers are properly trained and aware of the laws governing voting rights.

  • Leah Aden in ABA Journal: Voters Without Acceptable Photo ID Have Options in Texas


    Appeals Courts are Dismantling Stricter Voter ID Laws

    In August, a federal district judge in Corpus Christi, Texas, approved a settlement agreed to by state officials that voters without the state-approved ID should be able to sign a declaration that they faced "reasonable impediments" in obtaining one.

    Those voters must be allowed to cast a regular ballot after they show an alternative form of ID, such as a voter registration card, utility bill or other form of government ID that's not on the state's list.

  • North Charleston in Focus


    On April 4, 2015, North Charleston, South Carolina police officer Michael Slager shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed African-American father, as he ran away during a routine traffic stop. The incident was caught on video by a local bystander, and confirmed the demand for significant changes in policing practices across the country.

  • Sherrilyn Ifill on PoliticsNation: You Have a Better Chance of Being Struck By Lightning Than Encountering In-Person Voter Fraud


    New Concerns About Voter Intimidation

    Sherrilyn Ifill on PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton

    A group called "Vote Protectors" is trying to recruit 3,000 poll watchers in key battleground states. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund's Sherrilyn Ifill and Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice join to discuss.

  • LDF: Senator Cruz’s Call for Supreme Court Obstruction Dangerous to Democracy


    Yesterday, Senator Ted Cruz urged his colleagues to block filling the current Supreme Court vacancy indefinitely, remarking that “[t]here is certainly long historical precedent for a Supreme Court with fewer justices.” This statement and the Senate's continued refusal to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Scalia, is dangerous and contrary to history.