SECURING JUSTICE FOR ALL
The U.S. Constitution requires an actual count of all persons in the United States based on where they live or sleep most of the time. The process is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every 10 years and is responsible for the allocation of resources and redistricting.
We fight to ensure access to democracy for all communities, particularly African Americans and other voters of color who continue to face voting discrimination and voter suppression. Through litigation, public advocacy and our Election Protection program, we ensure that all communities have voice in our democracy.
The COVID-19 global pandemic is having a stark impact on communities across the country. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is focused on ensuring the well-being and security of communities most vulnerable, including African Americans, people of color and low-income communities.
The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition works year-round to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection uses a wide range of tools and activities to protect, advance and defend the right to vote. Election Protection provides Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive information and assistance at all stages of voting – from registration, to absentee and early voting, to casting a vote at the polls, to overcoming obstacles to their participation. Election Protection helps voters make sure their vote is counted through a number of resources, including: A suite of voter helplines, Voter Protection field programs across the country, and digital outreach tools. Throughout the election cycle we’re working tirelessly to protect the vote.
Fair & Free Elections
Blog, Press Releases & Newsclips
Lawyers’ Committee Files Lawsuit Over Ohio’s Unconstitutional Signature-Matching Procedures for Mail-In
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Ohio, filed a federal lawsuit today challenging Ohio’s flawed system of matching voter signatures on absentee ballots and absentee ballot applications. The...
(CHICAGO) – Indiana’s early deadline of noon on Election Day to receive mail-in ballots during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis is unjustifiable and should be rejected, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law,...
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Condemns Plans to Cut Short Census Door-Knocking Outreach
(Washington, D.C.) — The Trump administration’s attempt to cut short major census operations threatens to undermine the completeness and accuracy of the 2020 Census. While the Census Bureau planned to conduct in-person enumeration through October...
The following is a statement from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:“Dictators and despots seek to delay elections and rig the rules to maintain their grip on power. But this has never been the case...
Local Governments and Black Immigrant Organization Sue To Throw Out Trump’s End Run Around the Constitution
(SAN FRANCISCO) – The Trump administration’s attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from the nation’s Congressional apportionment process is unconstitutional according to a lawsuit filed this week in the United States District Court for the Northern District of...
Title IX Should Be a Tool to Eradicate College Sexual Harassment, But DeVos’s Plan Would Transform Survivors Into Targets
(BOSTON) – The United States Department of Education’s (DOE) final rule on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs will make college campuses less safe and put sexual assault survivors at further risk by weakening Title IX protections, an amicus...