WASHINGTON, D.C., November 1, 2012 — The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Election Protection (Coalition) will hold three press conferences on Monday, November 5 through Election Day – Tuesday, November 6, 2012 – to provide reporters with a window into the problems impacting American voters, including confusion with voter ID requirements, long lines, voter registration problems, voter intimidation, and other irregularities occurring during early voting and on Election Day. 

During the briefings, the Coalition will discuss incidents that have come in via the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline (1-866-687-8683), legal and grassroots field programs, and reported through the web to the Our Vote Live database. A dedicated team of legal experts and trained volunteers have been gathering data and can help media accurately report on the issues impacting the ability of eligible Americans to vote.

When Who Description
Monday, November 5

11:00 a.m. EDT

Barbara Arnwine,  Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Arturo Vargas, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund

Judith Browne-Dianis, Advancement Project (invited)

Bob Edgar, Common Cause

Ben Jealous, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People  (invited)

Terry Ao Minnis, Asian American Justice Center

Delores Scott McKnight, National Disability Rights Network

- Discuss voter suppression   


Tuesday, November 6

11:00 a.m. EDT

Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Melanie Campbell, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Michael Waldman, Brennan Center for Justice

Bob Edgar, Common Cause

Heather Smith, Rock the Vote

Marc Morial, National Urban League (invited)

Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference

- Discuss status of Election

  Day voting

- Report out voting


Tuesday, November 6

4:00 p.m. EDT


Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law - Discuss status of Election

  Day voting

- Report out voting



Why:               Changes in state voting laws have caused confusion about what polling locations voters should use and what ID, if any, is needed to vote. Incidents of voter suppression and intimidation, and problems with the administration of elections in districts in high-interest states, are disturbing and could potentially restrict the ability of eligible voters to cast a ballot. The Election Protection Coalition is a resource positioned to help media and the general public to gain an accurate picture of what is happening at polling stations around the country.


Where:           DLA Piper LLP, 500 Eighth Street, NW, Washington, DC

                                Teleconference Dial-In:  Toll free: 1-888-271-8596 OR International: 1-913-312-0379


How:               RSVP by email to Jaime Zapata or Stacie Royster

1 Comment for this entry

  • Robert Mink says:

    I just got an email from my boss stating that we should have enough time to go vote out side of our work schedule. But Oklahoma law states that (Okla. Stat. Ann. § 26-7-101) Employees who begin their work day less than 3 hours after polls open and finish less than 3 hours before polls close are entitled to 2 hours leave to vote (or more if distance requires). The employee must give notice the day before Election Day and cannot have pay reduced if proof of voting is provided. The employer can set the time for leave to vote.

    I my self fale under this law. What are my rights as an employee if he does not allow this or try’s to force me to use my leave time to go vote?

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