Courts & the Law, Defending Democracy, News

U.S. Civil Rights Commission talking voter access tomorrow in Raleigh

"Vote" pin

Creative Commons License

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will descend upon Raleigh tomorrow for a public hearing as part of its ongoing assessment of federal enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.

The Commission has monitored the state of voting rights and advocated for equal access to the ballot box for six years, according to its media release. Testimony from the public briefing will “form an integral basis” for a 2018 report to Congress, President Donald Trump and all Americans.

Commissioners will receive testimony from current and former officials, legal experts, academics and civil society organizations.

There will also be panels to discuss voter access. Panelists include Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Dale Ho, Director of Voting Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union; Anita Earls, former Executive Director at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice; and John Merrill, Alabama’s Secretary of State.

The event will be held at the Marriott Crabtree, 4500 Marriott Drive in Raleigh. The expert panels will go on from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. and there is a public comment period from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Anyone interested in speaking during public comment will have a chance to sign up beginning at 10:40 a.m. through 12:20 p.m. and then again for the remaining slots at 2:50 p.m. There are 40 available slots and those who signed up will have three minutes to speak.

The event will be live-streamed here for those who can’t be there.

Check Also

Democracy NC reports: Early voter turnout rising

Democracy North Carolina is studying early voting every ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Early voting has begun, and North Carolinians are turning out in droves at the polls. It’s a big yea [...]

Chief US District Judge Terrence Boyle, a New Jersey-born jurist known for his bristly disposition a [...]

More than two dozen people crowded into a conference room at the North Carolina Judicial Center Wedn [...]

If North Carolina goes forward with the recommendation to allow a private charter operator to take c [...]

The post Night of the Living Dead Issue appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

On Monday night of this week, acclaimed education researcher Richard Rothstein spoke to community me [...]

There are a lot of strange – even downright bizarre – aspects to the ongoing effort by North Carolin [...]

The power of the vote extends beyond any single electoral outcome. It has the potential to lift up i [...]