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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Condemns Efforts To Deploy Secret Service Agents To Polling Sites

For Immediate Release March 12, 2018

National Election Protection Coalition to Host Press Call TUESDAY to Discuss Ongoing Threats to Democracy and Responsive Actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, released the following statement Monday responding to a proposal in the Department of Homeland Security reauthorization bill to send Secret Service agents to polling sites across the country in a move that would weaken our democracy by threatening and intimidating voters.

“This administration’s plan to unleash Secret Service agents to polling places across the country is both chilling and unprecedented.  History has shown that the presence of law enforcement at the polls has the effect of chilling voter turnout, especially among minority communities.  Any plans to send armed guards to polling places must be considered alongside President Trump’s recent issuance of an executive order disbanding his failed Commission on Election Integrity.  It was clear from the start that President Trump launched the Commission to lay the groundwork to promote voter suppression efforts across the country.  Two months after shuttering the Commission, President Trump now seeks to activate one of our federal government’s most secretive law enforcement agencies to depress and discourage minority voter participation in our midterm elections.  In no uncertain terms, we condemn any plan to activate the Secret Service at our nation’s polling sites.”

With the midterm election season underway beginning this month, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is activating its national network of lawyers and volunteers through the Election Protection Coalition to ensure that eligible voters are able to cast ballots during the critical 2018 elections.  The Election Protection coalition will also activate its network to monitor for the presence of law enforcement outside polling sites.

Leaders of the Coalition will host a press briefing on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. to discuss efforts to protect the rights of voters in the face of ongoing threats to democracy.

What:       Election Protection 2018 forecast media telebriefing


When:      Tuesday, March 13, 11:30 a.m. E.D.T.

Dial-in info: 866 518 6930 — Conference ID: “OUR VOTE”

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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