National Commission on Voting Rights Hearing – May 1

National Commission on Voting Rights Hearing – Rapid City, SD

Commissioners will hear from voters, community leaders, advocates and elections officials regarding challenges, successes and opportunities for reform in all aspects of voting in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 25, 2014 – The National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR), is holding a hearing in Rapid City, SD, for voters, activists, elections officials, and all with a stake in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota elections.  The Rapid City event, organized by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), is part of a series of nationwide hearings held to collect testimony on the current landscape of voting and elections in the U.S.  Over the past few years, numerous states have enacted restrictive voting laws, while many others continue to grapple with recurring election administration and electoral reform challenges.

A panel of voting rights and elections experts will receive testimony on a range of topics related to voting, including:  voter registration, district apportionment, election administration, voting discrimination, and language access.

WHAT: National Commission on Voting Rights, Rapid City, SD Regional Hearing

Panels – There will be formal panels of witnesses representing voting rights organizations, community leaders, election officials, and other stakeholders.  Witnesses are encouraged to submit written testimony in advance of the hearing.  The panel of commissioners will also receive oral testimony and may ask follow up questions.

Public Testimony – There will be opportunities throughout the event for voters to testify about their experiences.  To register in advance, please visit MT.WY.ND.SD.hearing.lawyerscommittee.org.

WHEN:  Thursday, May 1, 2014, 3:00 P.M -7:00 P.M. (registration starts at 2:30 P.M.).

WHERE: Journey Museum
222 New York St
Rapid City, SD 57701

Commissioners: 

  • Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, Arizona State University
  • Michaelynn Hawk, Indian People’s Action
  • Richard Braunstein, University of South Dakota

Supporting organizations (not exhaustive): Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law • ACLU of Montana • ACLU of North Dakota • ACLU of South Dakota • ACLU of Wyoming • Four Directions, Inc. • Montana Voice • North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project • North Dakota Women’s Network • Western Native Voice

The National Commission on Voting Rights, organized by the Lawyers’ Committee on behalf of the civil rights community, is holding hearings across the country to gather testimony about voting rights and election administration problems and opportunities.  The testimony gathered at the hearings will be consolidated into two reports to be shared with Congress, advocates and state activists interested in advancing voting rights.  For more information about the National Commission on Voting Rights, please visit ncvr.lawyerscommittee.org.

 

 

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