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

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The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights [1] 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 [2] for those who can’t be there.