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On Oct. 25, 2021, Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) Senior Director for Voting Rights Danielle Lang sent the White House a letter urging executive action on voting access, including executive orders declaring Election Day a holiday for all federal employees and requiring that all federal contractors grant their employees paid leave to vote and/or volunteer at the polls.
This manual is a resource for activists and advocates who are helping people with felony convictions vote in Arizona. For more information on felony disenfranchisement, see our online tool RestoreYourVote — updated Aug. 26, 2021.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) released a report on Aug. 11, 2021 grading states on their 2021 legislative sessions. This is the first report to zoom in on how states have changed their vote-by-mail and early voting laws this year, finding that seven states enacted restrictive laws in the first half of the year. The report uses a 10-point scale to grade the performance of all states that have completed their legislative sessions, examining the impact of changes caused by COVID-19 and detailing which states are making those changes permanent.
This backgrounder can be used by members of the media and the public to guide their understanding of the electoral process of electing a President.
On September 15, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and other partners sent a letter to the Iberia Parish Council in Louisiana urging them to provide answers and resources to voters whose polling places were abruptly closed ahead of the statewide Fall 2021 elections.
On Sept. 17, 2021, the Department of Justice (DOJ) produced additional documents in response to Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) FOIA request for documents pertaining to DOJ’s request to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
CLC with its partners at the Prison Policy Initiative submitted a letter to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons calling on the agency to share data necessary to allow states and localities to implement two pro-democracy reforms: enacting universal enfranchisement and abolishing prison gerrymandering.
On Sept. 13, 2021, Campaign Legal Center Action (CLCA) filed an amicus brief in support of campaign workers and supporters of a 2020 presidential campaign invoking their rights under the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 to be free from political intimidation.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC), NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) and local organizations in Louisiana sent a letter imploring the Caddo Commission to add an additional early voting site in Caddo Parish as a part of an ongoing effort to increase in-person voting access for rural voters and voters of color in the region.
On Aug. 12, 2021, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Pima County Recorder reached a settlement agreement to establish an early voting location on the reservation through 2024.
On Aug. 25, 2021, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe passed a resolution formally recognizing the settlement agreement between the Tribe and the Pima County Recorder to establish an early voting location through 2024.
In early 2020, Tennessee reversed its earlier policy and began requiring individuals with out-of-state felony convictions who have had their civil rights restored to meet additional burdensome requirements that are erroneous under state law. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) sued but the Chancery Court sided with the state in Summer 2020; CLC now appeals on behalf of Ernest Falls.
Campaign Legal Center sent a letter opposing H. 4150 to the Election Laws Subcommittee of the House Judiciary in the South Carolina Legislature. H.4150 proposed to eliminate several eligibility criteria for South Carolina voters to vote by mail in a state that already requires voters to meet eligibility criteria that disproportionately burdens voters of color in the state.
Campaign Legal Center drafted a report outlining voting discrimination in Virginia from 2006-2021 to support the passage of H.R. 4. The report is one of several submitted by the Leadership Conference to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary hearing on Oversight of the Voting Rights Act: Potential Legislative Reforms, on August 16, 2021.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) identifying ways the agency can assist in expanding citizens’ opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process, in accordance with President Biden’s Executive Order Promoting Access to Voting.
Campaign Legal Center and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund produced a report on polling place closures in Louisiana and resources for organizers to advocate for better in-person voting in the state.
On June 11, 2021, Danielle Lang, Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) director of voting rights, testified on two of the most significant ways in which the right to vote has been restricted in recent years: first through attacks on the quality of in-person voting sites, i.e., polling places, and second through restrictions on opportunities to vote–including early voting, vote-by-mail and drop boxes. Both topics highlight the dire need for federal legislative action to ensure that all levels of government afford Americans meaningful and equitable opportunities to exercise their fundamental right to vote.
On July 8, 2021, CLC and partners filed a motion for preliminary injunction on behalf of clients VoteAmerica and Voter Participation Center asking the court to prevent enforcement of HB 2332 and to allow plaintiffs to distribute advance mail ballot applications to Kansas voters.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted a letter to the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) identifying ways the office can assist in expanding citizens’ opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process, in accordance with President Biden’s Executive Order Promoting Access to Voting.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted a letter to the General Services Administration (GSA) and Election Assistance Commission (EAC) identifying ways the agencies can assist in expanding citizens’ opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process, in accordance with President Biden’s Executive Order Promoting Access to Voting.