Voting Rights Experts Available on Election Day to Discuss the Impact of Voter Suppression and Intimidation, Voter ID Laws

For Immediate Release

People For the American Way (PFAW)
Contact: 

Drew Courtney or Josh Glasstetter
202-467-4999 / media@pfaw.org

Voting Rights Experts Available on Election Day to Discuss the Impact of Voter Suppression and Intimidation, Voter ID Laws

WASHINGTON - People For the American Way is one of the nation's leading
advocates on voting rights including solutions to voter suppression and
intimidation tactics, and federal election reform.

Kathryn
Kolbert
is President of People For the American Way
and People For Foundation.   Recognized repeatedly by The National Law
Journal as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," she oversees all of
People For's programs, including its Democracy Campaign for electoral
reform, which advocates for progressive federal and state voting rights
legislation.

Tanya
Clay House
, Director of Public Policy and Director of the
Democracy Campaign
at People For the American Way and People For
Foundation, can speak on voter suppression and intimidation tactics employed
during the 2008 election cycle and voter ID laws across the country, and how
they impact voters on Election Day.  Mrs. House has testified on voting
rights legislation and related issues before Congress including Sen. Dianne
Feinstein's Ballot Integrity Act and Rep. Holt's voting machines legislation.

In 2004, our affiliate People For the American Way Foundation conducted
Election Protection operations with its allies in 17 states, and held
post-election forums with coalition allies to investigate systemic
problems.  Since 2004, People For the American Way has been on the front
lines advocating for federal legislation to combat the problems voters faced
during the 2004 presidential elections. In 2008, People For Foundation has
been vigorously again to train, mobilize and educate voters across the country,
particularly on their voter ID laws.

The organization worked with Sen. Barack Obama's staff to draft
the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Act of 2007, which was passed in
the House of Representatives.  The legislation makes deceptive practices a
felony with a fine as much as $250,000 and five years in prison, and increases
the prison sentence for voter intimidation to five years.  People For has
also worked with state legislators in Virginia,
Minnesota California, Ohio, and Texas on the introduction of similar legislation, and
legislation was passed in Virginia and Minnesota.  People
For worked with Senator Hillary Clinton to draft comprehensive election reform
legislation and Congressman Rush Holt's staff in drafting legislation
that would ban inaccessible paperless voting machines and require
voter-verified paper ballots for every voter in the country. 

To find examples of the kind of voter intimidation and suppression
tactics People For Foundation has tracked in the past, see our reports The Long Shadow
of Jim Crow
, The New Face of
Jim Crow
, and Shattering the
Myth
.  To view some of the voter ID materials, visit www.PFAW.org.

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