WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Lawyers'
Committee for Civil Rights announces their support for the Deceptive
Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007, and applauds the
efforts of Senators Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer who introduced the bill.
Forty years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, Americans
continue to be targets of deceptive practices and intimidation as they
attempt to cast a ballot. Since 2004, the Lawyers' Committee, the lead
legal organization in the Election Protection Coalition, has collected
reports of deceptive practices or voter intimidation from more than 30
"It is outrageous that in 2007 Americans continue to be the subject of
intimidation and deception as they attempt to exercise their most
fundamental right. These attempts prevent the will of the voters from
determining election outcomes and undermine the greatness of our democratic
process," said Barbara R. Arnwine, Executive Director of the Lawyers'
Committee. "This bill is a critically important step towards ridding the
country of these despicable practices that threaten the integrity of our
The counsel and experience of the Lawyers' Committee's National
Campaign for Fair Elections and the Election Protection Coalition were
critical to demonstrating the compelling need for this important bill and
for shaping the most effective response to this essential challenge.
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The Lawyers' Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights
organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to
provide legal services to address racial discrimination.
SOURCE Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights