Ahead of Upcoming November and Primary Elections, New LGBTQ Voting Rights Tool Kit Released
Washington, DC, October 30, 2015 — The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund has released The Voting Rights Toolkit for LGBTQ Advocates ahead of upcoming November and presidential primary elections. The new toolkit, which contains information as diverse as voter assistance guides to an overview of restrictive voting practices, is available online at: http://thetaskforceactionfund.org/vra/
“As we have seen from continued news coverage of voter suppression to the gutting of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) by the U.S. Supreme Court, the basic right to vote for every eligible voter is by no means secure — in fact it is actively under attack. The Voting Rights Toolkit for LGBTQ Advocates aims to be an invaluable tool for democracy and voting rights advocates across the nation,” said Stacey Long Simmons, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund. “We thank The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights for their commitment to voting rights and for their partnership in developing this toolkit.”
The new toolkit comes at a time when advocates are urging the passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act that would restore the important protections in the original VRA that were gutted by the Shelby decision. Earlier this year, the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund joined 102 national, state and local organizations in sending a letter to Congress urging them to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Media and Public Relations Director