Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc (LDF) and the Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund submitted testimony in the House of Representatives Special Committee on Election Integrity opposing House Bill 531 (H.B. 531). The enactment of H.B. 531 will create unnecessary barriers and burdens on voters that disproportionately impact racial minority, low-income, elderly, rural, disabled, and student voters and may violate federal laws, including the First, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Read the full testimony here.
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