|LULAC Files Action Against Harris County To Stop Discriminatory Practices Aimed at Preventing Minorities from Voting|
Houston, Texas - Today, LULAC filed suit against Harris County in Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas maintaining that Harris County officials wrongly rejected voter applications through discriminatory practices against Latino and African American applicants. Representing LULAC together with LULAC General Counsel, Luis Vera, are attorneys from the Campaign Legal Center, Project Vote, and Chad Dunn of Brazil & Dunn.
“Harris County has used discriminatory practices in purging otherwise qualified voters and citing minor technicalities for rejecting their registration applications,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran.
“We filed the suit in order to stop these discriminatory practices. Our singular goal is to make sure that all qualified individuals have the opportunity to exercise their Constitutional protected right to vote in this year’s election.”
“Once again, Harris County zealously seeks to exclude people of color from the electoral process, flagrantly disregarding federal statutes, the U.S. Constitution and the quintessentially American belief in one person one vote,” said Catherine M. Flanagan, Director of Election Administration for Project Vote.
“Harris County has a lengthy and sad history of voter discrimination and regrettably the only way to bring it into compliance with the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution has been through court orders,” said J. Gerald Hebert, Campaign Legal Center Executive Director. “We hope this complaint will once again serve to bring the county into compliance with federal law and safeguard the rights of Latino and African American citizens.”
A press conference will be held today to discuss LULAC’s claims asserted in the petition and mentioned above.
WHAT: LULAC Press Conference of recent filing
WHEN: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 1:45 P.M.
WHERE: Latino Learning Center, 3522 Polk Scott Street, Houston TX
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.
CONTACT: Paloma Zuleta (202) 833-6130 ext. 103
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