Voting Rights

New York Judge Issues Landmark Ruling Affecting More than a Million New York Voters in Advance of the April 2020 Primary Election

Late Friday, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan of the Southern District of New York issued a landmark decision holding that New York State’s refusal to include inactive voters on poll ledgers used in polling places on Election Day violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.  The opinion, following a four-day bench trial in October 2019, requires New York State’s election officials to provide the names of inactive voters to poll workers at all polling places in New York. 

Florida Law Impeding Rights Restoration for Returning Citizens Goes into Effect Despite Public Opposition

CONTACT: Christiaan Perez, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, cperez@latinojustice.org, 212-739-7581

Orlando, FL – This weekend, Governor DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill 7066 which was passed by the Florida Legislature to override the will of the people and impose a fines and fees requirement to block people from having their right to vote restored. Below is a statement by Esperanza Segarra, Senior Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF:

Don't add Census citizenship question. It would damage all our daily lives for decades.

Don't add Census citizenship question. It would damage all our daily lives for decades - originally published in USA Today, link here.

The Census affects jobs, traffic and class size as well as federal spending and political representation. Don't mess it up with bad information.
 

Court Orders Expansion of Spanish Language Access in Florida for Upcoming Elections

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Tallahassee, FL – Today, Judge Mark Walker, the Chief U.S. District Judge in Northern Florida, issued a court order granting a preliminary injunction requiring Florida’s Secretary of State and the Supervisors of Elections of 32 Florida counties to take further steps to comply with section 4(e) of the Voting Rights Act. The order requires the Secretary of State to ensure that those 32 counties provide official ballots in both Spanish and English, Spanish language election assistance, and Spanish translations of other voting materials for elections beginning with the 2020 presidential primary election. 

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