(DETROIT) – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law joined Detroit, Michigan attorney Eugene Driker today, to intervene on behalf of the NAACP of Michigan in a lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign against the state of Michigan seeking to block the state’s certification of ballots cast during Election 2020.
Michigan State Conference of the NAACP moved to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign which seeks to block certification of the Michigan presidential election results. The NAACP seeks to intervene in this case to represent the interests of voters in order to prevent disenfranchisement, to ensure their ballots are counted, and to adamantly counter the racist attacks on Black votes:
“President Trump is mounting baseless and frivolous post-election lawsuits in several states across the country with the end-goal of disenfranchising eligible voters. What is especially troubling is that these suits single out jurisdictions that are home to significant numbers of Black voters who overcame tremendous obstacles to vote amid the pandemic. This suit targeting voters in Wayne County, Michigan is one of the most nefarious and undeniable attempts to nullify and erase the voices of Black voters. While these lawsuits will inevitably fail, we will not stand by in the face of these last-ditched attempts to rewrite the conclusion of the election. We are filing this motion to intervene in order to make sure that the voices of voters – and particularly Black voters – are not unlawfully wiped away.”
– Kristen Clarke, president and executive director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law –
“Our firm is pleased and proud to represent one of the nation’s most prominent civil rights organizations in its efforts to ensure that the votes of every Michigan citizen, especially people of color, are counted in this landmark election.”
– Eugene Driker, senior member of the Detroit law firm of Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker PLLC and co-counsel for the Michigan NAACP –
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. Now in its 55th year, the Lawyers’ Committee is continuing its quest to “Move America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visit https://lawyerscommitee.org.