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Congressional Briefing on Enforcing National Voter Registration Act, Combatting Recently Created Barriers to the Ballot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY

CONTACT:
Lauren Strayer, lstrayer@demos.org, (212) 389-1413
Stacie Royster, sroyster@lawyerscommittee.org, 202-662-8317
Sarah Massey, smassey@projectvote.org, (202) 546-4173 x. 307

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Congressional briefing will be held on Wednesday, July 25th, to discuss " The Importance of National Voter Registration Act Enforcement Amidst a Down Economy and Aggressive State Voter Purges." Presentations by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Demos, Project Vote, and the NAACP will explore how robust enforcement of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) can protect the voting rights of public assistance and disability clients during an economic downturn and safeguard legitimate voters threatened by misguided, late-cycle voter purges.

Voter registration among low-income clients of Medicaid, food stamps, and other public assistance programs increases dramatically when the NVRA is properly implemented and enforced.  As Americans continue to struggle with an economic downturn, the millions of citizens who have had to turn to public assistance are relying on Congress more than ever to ensure that states do not breach their obligation to provide voter registration services to applicants for and recipients of public assistance benefits.

No state should be permitted to purge eligible citizens from voter rolls-an issue which is addressed explicitly in the NVRA.  Recently, some states have commenced harmful purging practices ostensibly to root out non-citizens on the voter rolls, but leaving thousands of citizens at risk of being erroneously purged and prevented from participating in the democratic process.

WHAT: Briefing on "The Importance of National Voter Registration Act Enforcement Amidst a Down Economy and Aggressive State Voter Purges"

WHEN: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM

WHERE: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1310

RSVP: Michelle Millben, House Judiciary Committee's Democratic staff, x5-6906 or at Michelle.Millben@mail.house.gov.       

WHO:
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Demos, Project Vote, and the NAACP

The briefing has been organized by Representatives John Conyers, Jr., Robert A. Brady, Steny H. Hoyer, James E. Clyburn, Charles A. Gonzalez, Jerrold Nadler, Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, Zoe Lofgren, Steve Cohen, Judy Chu, Theodore E. Deutch, Alcee L. Hastings, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

 

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