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Sotomayor is raising her voice for what’s right

June 12, 2018

CNN

Sotomayor understands that the pretext of voter fraud has been used for generations to justify voter suppression efforts…Sotomayor’s words will echo in our ears as we move forward: Americans must be “even more proactive and vigilant in holding their states accountable and working to dismantle the obstacles they face in exercising the fundamental right to vote.”

HUD, Oakland County at odds over use of funds

June 12, 2018

The Detroit News

Oakland County, Michigan officials are smarting from a federal finding that county programs don’t do enough to promote affordable housing for low and moderate-income residents, especially renters. Thomas Silverstein of the Lawyers’ Committee, said criticisms of Oakland County for not using HOME partnership funds for rental housing are justified because the county recorded “zero percent investment” in rental housing between 1992 and 2018.

Supreme Court allows Ohio, other state voter purges

June 11, 2018

Associated Press

Civil rights groups said the court should be focused on making it easier for people to vote, not allowing states to put up roadblocks to casting ballots.

“With the midterm election season now underway, the court’s ruling demands heightened levels of vigilance as we anticipate that officials will read this ruling as a green light for loosely purging the registration rolls in their community,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Supreme Court makes it easier for states to remove voters from the rolls if they skip an election

June 11, 2018

Los Angeles Times

Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, called the ruling a “disappointing decision, not only because it gets the law wrong, but also because it sends the wrong message to state officials. They must do everything possible to help people vote, not place obstacles in their paths to the ballot box.”

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