FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Lawyers’ Committee Releases Preliminary Election Protection 2012 Findings
to Congress with Testimony Highlighting Recurring Problems Causing Voting Difficulties
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 19, 2012 – Today the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law released a report of its preliminary findings from Election Protection 2012 to Congress and urged them to tackle the recurring problems that continue to cause difficulties for too many American voters. While attempts to restrict the vote were the big story leading up to Election Day, November 6, 2012 was more a replay of recent history.
During his victory speech, President Barack Obama directly highlighted the end result of systemic problems with our system of elections – long lines – when he said, “we need to fix that.” The long lines are a clear symbol of the all too common problems with America’s election system. But if we truly want an election infrastructure that lives up to the ideals of our democracy then we need to “fix” a lot of things, we need to take advantage of 21st Century technology to remove paper for our voter registration system and create a secure and accessible voter roll, voting options need to be expanded so that voting is not focused on one single day for the majority of Americans, hardworking election officials need to be properly resourced, and there needs to be a set of uniform standards with accountability so that all Americans can have faith that elections are administered properly. An opportunity has been created for Congress to lead in a bi-partisan fashion and set our country on the course to a truly accessible and secure system of elections. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law looks forward to working with leaders on both sides of the aisle to make that opportunity a reality.
Early in 2013, the Lawyers’ Committee will release a comprehensive Election Protection report detailing the recurring problems that continue to confound election officials and make it difficult for Americans to vote. The report will also include proposals that legislators should adopt to finally confront these problems in order to maintain integrity in our electoral process and make our elections free, fair, and accessible to all eligible voters.
Click here for Lawyers’ Committee’s testimony, “The State of the Right to Vote After the 2012 Election” submitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
About the Lawyers’ Committee
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL), 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. We are celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2013 as we continue our 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 LCCRUL, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.