New Federal Lawsuit Seeks to Expand Voting Rights

A new federal lawsuit will seek to expand voting rights in the territories.

Neil Weare, President and Founder of Equally American, which advocates for equality and the right to vote in U.S. territories said, “While residents of territories fully participate in the nominating conventions for both parties, they remain unable to vote for President in November, when it matters most.

“We are seeking to change that through a new voting rights lawsuit that will highlight discrimination against residents of the territories when it comes to the right to vote.”

Building on the national attention the territories are receiving at the Democratic and Republican party conventions, as well as the recent focus on territorial voting rights in Congress, Equally American is helping develop a new federal voting rights lawsuit that seeks to expand voting rights in U.S. territories.

This new case will build from Equally American’s prior efforts in *Segovia v. United States <http://www.equalrightsnow.org/segovia>*, which succeeded in raising the profile of voting rights issues in the territories, even as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ultimately did not rule in favor of plaintiffs.

The new lawsuit will be filed on behalf of current residents of U.S. territories who previously were residents of Hawaii.

As Equally American develops the case, it is reaching out to connect with residents of the territories who would like to be able to vote for President and are former residents of Hawaii.

The focus on Hawaii is based on certain jurisdictional requirements associated with the new lawsuit. Others are also encouraged to share their stories about what it means to them to be denied the right to vote for President and voting representation in Congress.

Weare said those who are interested in sharing their stories – especially those who are former residents of Hawaii – are encouraged to take Equally American’s Right to Vote Survey, available at http://www.equalrightsnow.org/right_to_vote_survey.

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