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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior identifying ways the department can improve voting access for Native Americans in accordance with President Biden’s Executive Order Promoting Access to Voting, including expanding opportunities for voter registration and education, reducing barriers to casting a ballot, facilitating government-to-government coordination between tribes, states and localities and assisting other federal agencies in improving services that impact Native voters.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) released a report on the tools that ethics commissions can use to promote transparency and serve a vital role in our democracy by upholding transparency principles and administering various laws and rules intended to preserve the public’s trust in government.
On Dec. 2, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) sent a letter on behalf of All Voting is Local, Ohio Voice and Common Cause Ohio to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost requesting he issue a formal opinion regarding Ohio law R.C. § 3501.054. The law is causing confusion among local election officials as to what election activities, including critical voter outreach and education efforts, they can continue to conduct in collaboration with outside organizations, and therefore, CLC requested that Attorney General Yost, as the state’s chief law officer, issue a formal opinion clarifying that election officials may continue their important partnerships with pro-voter organizations and groups.
On Nov. 12, 2021, the Louisiana Secretary of State responded to the Campaign Legal Center’s demands on behalf of the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe to ensure that tribal members have access to the ballot box during the fall 2021 elections. The secretary’s response details the actions his office took and methods for displaced voters to cast a ballot.
A federal court in Kansas enjoined the state’s new restrictions on voter advocacy organizations’ speech seeking to encourage and assist Kansans to vote by mail.
Through a 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) received 734 pages of documents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about their involvement with the failed Pence-Kobach Commission on alleged voter fraud. These documents reveal, as expected, that there have been almost zero prosecutions of noncitizens for voting (pages 33-34), and they also reveal that, despite Kris Kobach’s claims to the contrary, ICE did not agree to and did not take on the work of the defunct commission (page 412).
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) commissioned a national poll on the desire among voters for ethics reform in Congress, which was conducted by AGL Research, a Democratic firm, and GS Strategy Group, a Republican firm. The poll found that there was overwhelming support for reforming our ethics laws to hold members of Congress accountable for ethics violations, and that despite deep cynicism about the ethics of politicians, voters across partisan lines believe that stronger ethics laws can make elected officials act more ethically.
The Colorado Supreme Court issued a decision approving the independent redistricting commission’s congressional redistricting plans, over objections of CLC’s client LULAC, and others, that the plan dilutes the electoral influence of Latino voters.
On Oct. 28, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) sent a letter on behalf of the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe who were devastated by Hurricane Ida to urge Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin to take measures to ensure that Louisiana tribal communities can vote in the Nov. 13, 2021 and Dec. 13, 2021 elections.
On Aug. 17, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted the following comments regarding the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission staff’s preliminary congressional and state legislative plans on behalf of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Colorado League of United Latin American Citizens (Colorado LULAC).
The first staff congressional plan proposed to the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission dilutes the electoral influence of Colorado’s Latino Voters. On Sept. 10, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted comments to the commission outlining the deficiencies in the proposed plan.
On behalf of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Colorado LULAC, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted a third set of comments regarding the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission’s Third Staff Congressional Plan proposal, which violates the Colorado Constitution’s prohibition on maps that dilute the electoral influence of minority voters.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a brief, on behalf of the Colorado League of United Latin American Citizens, contending that the congressional redistricting plan adopted by the independent redistricting commission violates the state constitution’s prohibition on districts that dilute Latino voters’ electoral influence.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a brief, on behalf of the Colorado League of United Latin American Citizens, contending that the Colorado Supreme Court should approve the Legislative Redistricting Commission’s submitted state House and state Senate maps because they comply with the state constitution’s prohibition on districts that dilute Latino voters’ electoral influence.