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Lawyers’ Committee Applauds Wide-ranging Recommendations on Improving U.S. Elections in Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 22, 2014

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Stacie B. Royster
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Washington, D.C. -- Today the Presidential Commission on Election Administration issued a report with recommendations to improve elections in the United States. The report offers a framework for policy makers, election administrators, and advocates to work together to address the systemic barriers that far too often prevent eligible voters from casting a ballot. The report's recommendations provides guidance on how to vastly improve, modernize, and increase access to the polls, focusing on accuracy, technology, and polling place operations. 

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee) is pleased that the Commission's report contains recommendations that it suggested in a report requested by the Commission entitled "Recommendations and Case Studies." These recommendations include deliberative resource allocation, improved polling place management, standardized poll worker training and diversification of poll worker workforce, online  voter registration, expansion of voting opportunities outside of Election Day, improved ballot design, electronic poll books, election data collection, and increasing funding and resources for election administrators. The report also adopts recommendations by the Lawyers' Committee to ensure the rights of limited English proficiency voters are secured through improved compliance with and enforcement of federal voting rights laws, and also recognizes the importance of the National Voter Registration Act in providing voter registration opportunities at public assistance agencies.

"We are encouraged by the recommendations in this report," said Lawyers' Committee Chief Counsel Jon Greenbaum. "If fully implemented, practical commonsense measures like early voting and voter registration modernization will improve voter participation and satisfaction."

"The Lawyers' Committee, which leads the nationwide Election Protection Coalition, looks forward to using the report's recommendations as we continue to work with election officials and advocates across the country to ensure that eligible voters do not encounter barriers at the ballot box," stated Marcia Johnson-Blanco, co-director of the Voting Rights Project.

About the Lawyers' Committee
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (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. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2013 and 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 Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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