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Connecting The Dots: ACLU To Hold Teleconference Monday On Widespread Voter Suppression Across The Country

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on voting rights that disenfranchise voters and threaten the fairness
of the upcoming election are occurring all across the country. Through
a multi-pronged effort of litigation and legislative advocacy, the
American Civil Liberties Union is on the front lines fighting this
important constitutional battle.

On Monday's call, attorneys and voting rights experts from the ACLU will discuss:

  • The potential impact of
    voter suppression efforts throughout the country, including the
    practice of "caging," unlawful voter purges and photo identification
    laws - and the ACLU's litigation efforts to combat some of these
    tactics in Michigan and Ohio.
  • Various forms of voter
    disfranchisement in Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama and the ACLU's
    litigation efforts to fight these efforts.
  • The Justice Department's partisan enforcement of election laws and the ACLU's legislative work to protect voting rights.

ACLU Voting Rights Project staff
will also be on the call to discuss ballot and language access
challenges, voting rights violations in Indian Country and the ACLU's
voter empowerment and election monitoring campaigns.

Teleconference on unconstitutional voter suppression occurring across the country

Laughlin McDonald, Director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project;

Nancy Abudu, staff counsel with the ACLU Voting Rights Project;

Deborah Vagins, legislative counsel with the ACLU Washington Legislative Office;

and other ACLU staff will speak and answer questions from members of the press

Monday, September 29, 2008, 11:00 a.m. EDT

(866) 269-9613

The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

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