National Commission on Voting Rights Hearing – Richmond, Va.


Media Contact/Inquiries:
Rahwa Andemichael
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law


Commissioners will hear from voters, community leaders, advocates and elections officials regarding challenges, successes and opportunities for reform in all aspects of voting in Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR), is holding a hearing in Richmond for voters, activists, elections officials and all with a stake in Virginia elections. The Richmond event, organized by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), is part of a series of nationwide hearings held to collect testimony on the current landscape of voting and elections in the United States. Over the past few years, numerous states have enacted restrictive voting laws, while many others continue to grapple with recurring election administration and electoral reform challenges.  Virginia passed a law last year requiring voters to present strict voter identification, which will go into effect on July 1, 2014. 

A panel of voting rights and elections experts will be receiving testimony on a range of topics, including:  voter turnout issues, voter registration, district apportionment, election administration (e.g., provisional ballots, polling location issues, and method of elections), voting discrimination, and access to the ballot for communities of color. 

WHAT: National Commission on Voting Rights, Virginia Hearing

Panels – There will be formal panels of witnesses representing voting rights organizations, community leaders, elections officials, and other stakeholders. Witnesses are encouraged to submit written testimony in advance of the hearing. The panel of commissioners will also receive the testimony orally and may ask follow-up questions.

Public Testimony – There will be opportunities throughout the event for voters to testify about their experiences. To register in advance, please visit

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (registration begins at 2:30 p.m.)

: Virginia Commonwealth University
Student Commons Building, Virginia Room A
907 Floyd Avenue
Richmond, VA 23284

Commissioners (to date): 

  • Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia
  • Jean Jensen, Former Secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections
  • Edith White, Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc.

Supporting organizations (not exhaustive): Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law • American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia • Campus Election Engagement Project • The disAbility Law Center of Virginia • Fair Elections Legal Network • Hollaback and Restore Project • Progress VA Education Fund • Project Vote • Resources for Independent Living, Inc. • Sierra Club-Virginia Chapter • The Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. • Virginia New Majority • Virginia State Conference of the NAACP • Virginia AFL-CIO • Virginia Organizing Project

The National Commission on Voting Rights, organized by the Lawyers' Committee on behalf of the civil rights community, is holding hearings across the country to gather testimony about voting rights and election administration problems and opportunities. The testimony gathered at the hearings will be consolidated into two reports to be shared with Congress, advocates and state activists interested in advancing voting rights. For more information about the National Commission on Voting Rights, please visit





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