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National Civil Rights Leaders Speak Out Against Voter Suppression Efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2011

ID Bills, Limitations on Access to Voting Could Disenfranchise Millions of Voters -
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 *** Press Conference Monday, 6/13 at 9:30 AM EST ***

WASHINGTON - On Monday, June 13 at 9:30 AM EST, national civil, voting, and disability rights leaders will hold a press conference at the National Press Club to speak out against voter suppression efforts, which includes a rolling tide of disenfranchising legislation being considered and passed by state legislatures across the country. These bills, combined with budget cuts, cutbacks on early voting, and voter intimidation tactics, could create a recipe for mass disenfranchisement in the 2012 election.

More and more states across the nation are enacting burdensome photo voter ID bills using general unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and ignoring the disparate impact upon voters who have traditionally been disadvantaged, including minorities, the elderly, youth, low-income Americans and those with disabilities. Additionally, faulty citizenship matching, elimination of voting locations and voter intimidation efforts all place unjust impediments to the fundamental right to vote. National civil rights organizations are joining together to bring attention to the potential impact of such laws and suppression efforts and discuss efforts to fight back and educate voters.

WHAT:    Press conference to address voter suppression efforts, including photo ID bills

WHO:             
Rainbow PUSH Coalition--Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law--Barbara R. Arnwine and Tanya Clay House
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights--Wade Henderson
NAACP--Kim Keenan
National Urban League--Chanelle Hardy
United States Student Association--Victor Sanchez
Black Youth Vote--Deven Anderson

WHEN:    Monday, June 13th, 9:30 AM EST

WHERE:  National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20001 (Murrow Room)                          

Media Note:  Please RSVP to Stacie Royster, sroyster@lawyerscommittee.org, by Saturday,June 11th. 

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