Below is a preliminary timetable of the Commission’s hearings, listening sessions, events and publications. In all, the Commission will hold 18-20 hearings/listening sessions. The majority of these will be regional hearings covering 2-3 states. Some will be special hearings focusing on special vulnerable communities. In all, the Commission will publish 8 briefing papers or reports based on these hearings and other research.
This is an ambitious agenda and its best fulfillment will be dependent upon fiscal resources, staff capacity, pro bono services, volunteers and collaboration with supporting organizations. The accompanying budget includes a staffing structure for the Commission and the regional mapping illuminates the timetable set forth below.
The Commission formally launched with a National Press Conference on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Week, January 17th. The Commission will complete its initial work in November, 2019 with the publication of a major report of its findings and recommendations.
- Social Media Campaign on Congressional Voting Reform for HR1 and Voter Information and Access Act.
- Completing Summary Report of National Commission for Voter Justice 2018 Findings and Recommendation.
- Millennial Votes Matter Convening/Training, Chicago, Illinois.
- Publication of New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania Briefing Books.
- BLACK HISTORY & THE VOTE: Social Daily Calendar Postings.
- NCVJ Special Returning Citizens Voting Rights Hearing
- Promote and Monitor Chicago Mayoral Election.
- SELMA JUBILEE BRIDGE CROSSING, March 3, 2018, Selma, Alabama
- April 4, MLK & The Vote Commemoration
- Publication of Virginia Briefing Book
- NCVJ ARIZONA HEARING & Publication of Arizona and New Mexico Briefing Books
- Publication of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee Briefing Books
- NCVJ QUAD-STATE VOTING TOUR & a HEARINGS: ALABAMA, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI and TENNESSEE
- NCVJ North Carolina Hearing (tentative)
- Voting Rights Act Commemoration
- LAUNCH 2019 FALL ELECTIONS EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
- VOTING RIGHTS MONTH: Voter Registration Drive
- Millennial Votes Matter Convening/Training during CBC Weekend
- 2019 ELECTIONS EDUCATION CAMPAIGN CONTINUED
- NCVJ Special Disability Rights Hearing
- NOVEMBER 5 COMMAND CENTER
- Congressional Briefing
The National Commission for Voter Justice Philadelphia Voter Suppression Hearing
The Midterm Elections: Live Report from TJC and Voting Rights Alliance National Command Center Hosted by Hip Hop Caucus!
Join radio show host Barbara Arnwine, founder and president of the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC),on November 6th, 2018, from 12:00–1:00 PM EST, for a Special Live Broadcast from the National Voting Rights Command Center of the Transformative Justice Coalition and the Voting Rights Alliance which is being hosted by the Hip Hop Caucus.
A March 6 Election Day means early voting starts Feb. 20 and the last day to register is Feb. 5
Welcome to the 2018 Elections!
This could be a historic year at the ballot box. Republicans are looking to sweep all the statewide offices again, but Democrats have fielded more candidates for more races than they have in years. To help you navigate through all of this, we’re starting a weekly column. It’ll include not only the politics at play, but also information on the basics, like how to register or find your polling place.
I know, it feels too early to be talking about all this, but the Texas primary is the earliest in the country. A March 6 Election Day means early voting starts Feb. 20 and the last day to register is Feb. 5 – just one month from today.
So let’s kick off these weekly musings with a simple guide to getting ready for the primaries.
Voter ID laws hurt “people of color, poor people, the elderly, and people living in rural areas
Republican Gov. Paul LePage will push a new bill to require Maine voters to present identification in order to cast ballots, claiming the move would help “prevent fraud in our electoral system” despite a total lack of evidence that fraud is a problem in the state. “It’s not unreasonable to ask for voters for an ID as a simple way to safeguard the most sacred right we have in our democracy,” LePage announced last week in a radio address, two days after President Trump dissolved a “sham” commission created to probe unsupported allegations of voter fraud after he lost the 2016 popular vote by almost 3 million votes. “That’s why I will submit a bill this session to require voter ID for Maine elections. We must discourage voter fraud, and we must ensure that noncitizens and nonresidents are not voting in our elections.”That kind of fraud is less likely than the probability of being struck by lightning, said Max Feldman, counsel at the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice, who has long tracked elections and restrictive voting laws.