The Voting Rights Project - The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law | Voting Rights Litigation

Voting Rights Litigation

The Voting Rights Project uses a diversity of tools to litigate cases on behalf of traditionally disenfranchised voters. Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) prohibits voting practices that have the purpose or result of discriminating against members of a racial or minority language group. Section 5 of the VRA, which was rendered nearly inoperable by Shelby County v. Holder, required select jurisdictions to get federal pre-approval for voting changes before putting them into effect. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 is another powerful tool, as are Article 1 and the 14th and 15th Amendments in the U.S. Constitution, state laws and constitutions and the Help America Vote Act of 2002.


Minority Voter Access: Election Day and Early Voting


Minority Vote Dilution


Minority Voter Access: Voter Registration Procedures and Purges


Minority Voter Access: Voter Registration at Public Assistance Agencies

Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993 requires states to provide individuals with the opportunity to register or update their registration at public assistance agencies and agencies serving persons with disabilities. More information is available here.


Constitutionality of VRA Section 5


Selected Amicus Briefs

Practical Progressive - Official Selection 2008