WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Commission on Civil Rights announces that it will conduct a briefing to examine efforts to increase compliance with Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). The briefing will take place on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 9:30 AM ET at the Commission's headquarters: 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20425. Please note that the offices are accessed on F Street NW. Interested members of the public are invited to attend. Seating is limited - to reserve a seat please go to http://www.eusccr.com/reserve.htm.
In 1993, Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) to "increase the number of eligible citizens who register to vote in elections for Federal office" and "protect the integrity of the electoral process." Section 7 of the NVRA specifically aids this mission by requiring that each state designate, as voter registration agencies, public assistance offices and state offices serving persons with disabilities. The discussion will focus on recent efforts by the Department of Justice and private groups intended to increase enforcement of NVRA Section 7 requirements.
There will be three speakers. They are Gary O. Bartlett, Executive Director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections; Lisa Danetz, DEMOS Senior Counsel; and Jason Torchinsky, litigation partner at Holtzman Vogel PLLC.
Written comments from the public will be accepted by email at [email protected] until COB May 19, 2013. Public comments received will become part of the public record. Deaf or hearing-impaired persons who will attend the meeting and require the services of a sign language interpreter should contact Pam Dunston at (202) 376-8105 prior to the briefing.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with monitoring federal civil rights enforcement. Members include Chairman Martin R. Castro and Commissioners Roberta Achtenberg, Todd Gaziano, Gail Heriot, Peter Kirsanow, David Kladney, Abigail Thernstrom, and Michael Yaki. Commission meetings and briefings are open to the general public. The Commission's website is http://www.usccr.gov.
Contact: Lenore Ostrowsky, Acting Chief, Public Affairs Unit (202) 376-8591