The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. submitted written testimony urging Connecticut legislators to support S.B. 471 An Act Concerning Elections and State Voting Rights. The bill, strongly modeled after the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, would implement critical measures to protect the right to vote in Connecticut. The protections outlined include strengthened causes of action against vote suppression, vote dilution, racial gerrymandering, and voter intimidation, obstruction, or interference. The bill would also expand language-access provisions and increase transparency around important election information. This critical legislation would make Connecticut a national leader in protecting the right to vote for communities of color, and all voters in the state.

Read the full written testimony here.

Read LDF’s one-pager guide on Connecticut’s voting rights bill here.


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