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National Commission on Voting Rights Hearing
William H. Gates Hall
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
In 2005, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, on behalf of the civil rights community, convened and staffed the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act (NCVRA). The 2013-14 Commission will be composed of a seven to nine member, diverse blue-ribbon panel where each member has a commitment to voting rights. Whereas the 2005 Commission focused on voting rights and racial discrimination exclusively, the 2013-14 Commission will also examine electoral administration and reform issues because of the increased interest concerning these issues throughout the country and the need to draw similarities and differences in voter experiences depending on their state of residence. This Commission will conduct fact finding hearings across the country that will look closely at the record of discrimination, election administration problems, voter registration procedures, and other challenges that voters are facing. The testimony, facts, and data gathered in the field hearings as well as state-specific documentary research will be compiled into comprehensive reports. This Commission will write two reports: one report on voting discrimination and another on election administration and electoral reform. The reports and the records from the hearings will be made available to anyone seeking to reform or improve existing voting laws including but not limited to policymakers, advocates, and the voting public.