Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Challenge to Crucial California Voting Protections is Defeated

“We applaud the Ninth Circuit’s decision affirming the dismissal of Higginson v. Becerra et al., a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) and sought to overturn the use of district elections in the City of Poway. This decision upholds the California Voting Rights Act as an important pillar of democracy and helps us continue our work fighting for fair representation for Asian Americans and other communities of color. 

Court Rules to Expand Language Access for California’s Limited-English Proficient Voters

The California Court of Appeal ruled today that Secretary of State Alex Padilla erred when he issued a directive to county election officials in 2017 that deprives tens of thousands of California voters of the language assistance to which they are entitled under state law.The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati filed suit last year demanding increased access to language assistance for limited-English proficient voters in California.State law requires assistance for voters in each county or precinct where 3 percent or more of the voting age residents are members of the same language minority and lack skills to vote without language help. That assistance includes providing access to translated facsimile ballots, which voters can use as a reference while voting on an English ballot, and other translated voting materials.

City of Santa Ana to Have District Elections in 2020

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) applauds Santa Ana City Council for signing an ordinance that adopts a map transitioning the city from at-large elections to district elections in 2020. The ordinance reflects the voters’ approval of a ballot measure in November to convert to district elections. The ballot measure was placed on the ballot as a result of a legal settlement with the City of Santa Ana, litigated by Advancing Justice-LA and Sidley Austin LLP (“Sidley”).

Georgia Guarantees Voting Rights to Limited-English Proficient Voters in Runoff Elections

In a move that protects the rights of thousands of immigrant voters, the Georgia Secretary of State today settled a lawsuit filed on Wednesday by Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta (Advancing Justice-Atlanta), Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA), and pro bono law firms Buckley Beal, LLP and Alston & Bird, LLP. The lawsuit asked a federal judge to block a Georgia law that bars limited-English proficient (LEP) voters from selecting an interpreter of their choice in state and local elections. Through the settlement, the law will not be enforced in the upcoming December 2018 runoff election, the March 2019 special election, or any subsequent election.

Advancing Justice Seeks To Protect Limited English Proficient Voters in Georgia

In the wake of mounting allegations of voter suppression in Georgia, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta (Advancing Justice-Atlanta), Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) with support from pro bono law firms Buckley Beal, LLP, and Alston & Bird, LLP filed a lawsuit today to block a Georgia law that severely restricts whom limited English proficient (LEP) voters can bring to the polls as their interpreter, which largely affects immigrant communities and communities of color. The lawsuit seeks to protect these voters during the December 4th runoff election.

A Poll Monitor’s Life

Yesterday morning, while the internet was abuzz about getting out the vote, I was preparing myself for poll monitoring to help protect voters’ rights and voters’ language access at the polls. Advancing Justice-LA sent over 100 individuals out in southern California to monitor about 220 precincts. This year is my second time volunteering with Advancing Justice-LA as a poll monitor and doing so in my hometown of Diamond Bar, California. The experience filled me with hope and pride. 

Advancing Justice - California Mobilizes Hundreds of Poll Monitors to Protect Rights of Limited English Proficient Voters

As the rights of immigrants across the country are threatened, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - California (Advancing Justice - CA) is expanding its non-partisan efforts to make sure voters in California’s limited-English proficient immigrant communities are able to exercise their right to vote without impediment.

Appeals Court Rules Civil Rights Groups Can Intervene in Federal Lawsuit Challenging the California Voting Rights Act

A federal appeals court panel ruled today that civil rights advocates can intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the City of Poway's election system and challenges the constitutionality of the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (CVRA).



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