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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Response to NY Voters’ Names Missing from Rolls

For Immediate Release September 13, 2018

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Responds to Widespread Reports of New Yorkers’ Names Missing from Voter Rolls

Washington, DC – In response to the difficulties faced by New York voters when seeking their right to vote, Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement:

“Once again, voters across New York arrived at the polls to find that their names did not appear on the registration rolls. Voters who believe they are eligible should not allow poll workers to turn them away and should insist, at minimum, on an affidavit ballot. We urge the public to contact Election Protection at 866-OUR-VOTE and report problems that they encounter. We will use every tool in our arsenal to determine the source of these errors in New York and continue to push state officials to modernize their antiquated election system.”

Throughout the day, Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, has been fielding calls from New York voters who have experienced problems at the polls as well as addressing other voting-related questions.

Election Protection works year-round, to help all American voters through field monitors, voter education and an expansive network of national partners and state advocates to respond to voters’ questions and concerns. The 866-OUR-VOTE hotline will be live starting on National Voter Registration Day until the November midterm election.

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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