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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Condemns Attempts to Thwart Voter Participation

For Immediate Release October 27, 2016

Washington, D.C.  – Today, Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the statement below condemning the “call to action” by an organization known as Oath Keepers:

“Oath Keepers has stated that it will use its supposed “significant capabilities in conducting covert operations, intelligence gathering, and investigation” to combat alleged “voter fraud.”  There is no place in our democracy for this form of vigilantism and extremism.  This is particularly so given that their efforts seem directed against minority communities.   Their eleventh hour antics should be dismissed as an anti-democratic attempt to chill voter participation this election cycle.

Voters who encounter problems or learn of voter intimidation efforts in their communities should contact Election Protection, the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection program led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, at 866-OUR-VOTE.”

For more information about the Lawyers’ Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

CONTACT:
Stacie Burgess
Director of Communications and External Affairs
sburgess@lawyerscommittee.org
202-662-8317
 
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About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The 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. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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