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An Assessment of Minority Voting Rights Access in the United States

Report Release: September 12, 2018

In 2018, the Commission assessed minority voter access around the country, and evaluated the Department of Justice’s enforcement of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) since 2006, in particular after the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision. In Shelby County, the Supreme Court held that preclearance provisions of the VRA unconstitutionally determined which jurisdictions needed federal government pre-approval to change voting procedures.

Report: An Assessment of Minority Voting Rights Access in the United States (PDF)

Report Press Release (PDF)

Briefing: February 2, 2018

Agenda (PDF)

Transcript (PDF)

Briefing Press Release (PDF)

Plenario Comunicado de prensa (PDF)


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Commission Briefing – Morning Session:

Commission Briefing – Afternoon Session:

Commission Briefing – Public Comment:

2020 Expert Testimony

In July 2020, the Commission took in expert testimony, revisit the voting barriers discussed in our 2018 report, and how jurisdictions’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are impacting them.

  • Leah Aden, Deputy Director of Litigation, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Matt A. Barreto, Ph.D., Principal, Latino Decisions/UCLA Voting Rights Project
  • Michelle Bishop, Disability Advocacy Specialist, National Disability Rights Network
  • Leigh Chapman, Director, Voting Rights Program, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Honorable Marcia Fudge, OH-11, Chair, Committee on House Administration, Subcommittee on Elections
  • Honorable Deb Haaland, NM-1, Co-Chair, Native American Caucus
  • Richard Hasen, Professor, University of California, Irvine, School of Law
  • Dale Ho, Director, Voting Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Morgan Kousser, Professor, California Institute of Technology
  • Justin Levitt, Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Law, Gerald T. McLaughlin Fellow, Loyola Law School
  • Daniel Morenoff, Executive Director, Equal Voting Rights Institute
  • Clark Rachfal, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, American Council for the Blind
  • Ilya Shapiro, Director, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute
  • Hans A. von Spakovksy, Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. Heritage Foundation
  • Jerry Vattamala, Director, Democracy Program, Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

August 21, 2020 Business Meeting Transcript

Commission Advisory Committee Reports

Voting Rights and Voter Disenfranchisement in Florida (2020)

Advisory Memorandum on Voting Rights Briefing (Oct 2018)

Alaska Native Voting Rights (June 2019)

Voting Rights and Access in Michigan (April 2020)

Advisory Memorandum on Voting Rights and Felony Convictions (June 2020)

Barriers to Voting in Alabama (Feb 2020)

Indiana Advisory Committee Statement (July 2020)

Press Release for Compendium of Voting Rights Reports (Oct 2018)

Voting Rights and the Kansas Secure and Fair Elections Act (March 2017)

Civil Rights and Voting in Illinois (Feb 2018)

Voting Rights in New Hampshire (March 2018)

Alaska Native Voting Rights (March 2018)

Barriers to Voting in Louisiana (June 2018)

Access to Voting in Alabama (June 2018)

Voting Rights in Arizona (July 2018)

Advisory Memorandum on Voting Rights in Indiana (May 2018)

Advisory Memorandum on Voting Rights in Texas (July 2018)

Voting Rights in Maine (April 2018)

Advisory Memorandum on Voting Rights in Ohio (May 2018)

Advisory Memorandum on Voting Rights in Rhode Island (Oct 2018)

   Updated: February 18, 2021