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A voter passes a large sign before voting in Minneapolis, Sept. 23, 2016. If Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton scores a high note or commits a blunder in Sunday's presidential debate, millions of voters can respond almost immediately. They can fill out a mail-in ballot right away, or head to a polling location the next day. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
Lawyers’ Committee

Washington, D.C., October 7, 2016 – After the mandatory evacuation of Hurricane Matthew, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law continues to focus on ensuring that all voters have access to the ballot during the 2016 election cycle.

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law said:

“Officials in states that have imposed mandatory evacuation orders as a result of Hurricane Matthew must take action to relax registration deadlines and early voting rules to ensure that all voters and would-be voters are able to participate this election cycle,.

"Hurricane Matthew comes at a critical moment in the election season with registration deadlines looming in a number of impacted states.

"Evacuation orders ensure public safety but make it more difficult to register and vote. Our experience during Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy make clear that natural disasters stand to disrupt our electoral process, and action must be taken to safeguard minority voting rights.”

Given that many of the counties impacted by Hurricane Matthew have significant numbers of African American, Latino and other minority voters, it is important that election officials take action to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act.

 

About the Lawyers’ Committee
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. Formed over 50 years ago, we continue our quest of “Moving America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and community development; employment; voting; education; environmental justice; and criminal justice. For more information about the Lawyers’ Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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