Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Held Hearing on Protecting the Right to Vote

May 2, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (May 2, 2019)—This week, the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing on “Protecting the Right to Vote: Best and Worst Practices.”

 

TAKEAWAYS

  • Dale Ho with the ACLU testified that the United States has one of the lowest voter registration rates in the western world. 

 

  • Leigh Chapman with the Leadership Conference testified that since the Shelby County v. Holder decision voter suppression efforts have skyrocketed.  Such efforts disproportionately disenfranchise minority communities.

 

  • Ho also testified that the Trump Administration has failed to adequately enforce the Voting Rights Act. The Administration has not filed a single lawsuit under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discriminatory election procedures and practices.

 

  • Contrary to the claims of President Trump, actual voter fraud is very rare.  Chairman Raskin noted that a leading study found just 31 instances of voter fraud out of 1 billion votes cast between 2000 and 2014.  However, Myrna Pérez with the Brennan Center testified that there is significant evidence of legally registered voters being improperly purged from the rolls.

 

WITNESSES

 

Myrna Pérez

Deputy Director, Democracy Program

Brennan Center for Justice

 

Leigh Chapman

Director, Voting Rights Program

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

 

Dale Ho

Director, Voting Rights Project

American Civil Liberties Union

 

Kaylan Phillips

Litigation Counsel

Public Interest Legal Foundation

VIDEOS

Watch Chairman Raskin’s opening statement.

Watch Rep. Wasserman Shultz’s question line.

Watch Rep. Pressley’s question line.

 

116th Congress