The right to vote has been called the “crown jewel” of American liberties. Lawyers for Civil Rights has actively worked to enhance this right since the 1970s. Our advocacy has included voting rights litigation and initiatives that have served historically disenfranchised communities throughout the Commonwealth. LCR’s Voting Rights Project consists of three focus areas of voter protection, litigation, and advocacy, which are designed to effectively channel resources and focus our efforts to achieve equality and protect advances in voting rights for racial and ethnic minorities and other traditionally disenfranchised groups.
We coordinate the largest non-partisan voter protection campaign in New England. In presidential elections, we train and coordinate over 500 volunteers to monitor polling sites across Massachusetts. We also provide real-time support to voters through our Election Protection Hotline (866-OUR-VOTE).
Voting Rights Litigation:
Huot v. City of Lowell: Federal lawsuit challenging the at-large electoral system for electing Lowell’s City Council and School Committee, which dilutes the vote of communities of color in violation of the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.
Black Political Task Force v. Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth: Challenge to redrawing the Commonwealth’s House of Representative electoral districts in a way that diluted the votes of communities of color in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
Arise for Social Justice v. City of Springfield: Challenge to the at-large City Council and School Committee voting structure that systematically eliminated minority candidates from the electoral process and diluted the votes of communities of color in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the Equal Protection Clause of 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
NAACP v. Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth: successful lawsuit against the Commonwealth and the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance for violating their federally-mandated responsibilities to offer tens of thousands of public assistance recipients opportunities to register to vote in violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
In collaboration with our community partners, we advocate in support of numerous election modernization initiatives pending before the state legislature.
News and Resources
Nov 04, 23Ballot Access for State Primaries
Jul 01, 232023 Brown Rudnick Summer Fellow
Jun 08, 23Voting Rights Act Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court
May 24, 23Statement Regarding Boston’s Redistricting Process
May 24, 23Community Urges Adoption of Councilor Lara’s Redistricting Map
May 17, 23Defending Voters of Color and Boston’s Redistricting Map
May 15, 23Community Inclusion Critical for Boston Redistricting Map
Feb 17, 23Supporting Boston’s New City Council District Map
Oct 31, 22LCR’s Civil Rights Summit
Oct 31, 22Election Protection Across New England
Oct 25, 22Election Protection Hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE
Jan 04, 22Diverse Leadership in Lowell
Nov 03, 21Representation Matters
Oct 14, 21Black & Latino Voters Announce Settlement of Voting Rights Against Worcester, MA
Oct 12, 21Massachusetts Redistricting Maps
Jul 29, 21Summer Justice
Jul 20, 21Minority Voters Demand Electoral Changes in Haverhill
Apr 14, 21Victory! Worcester Will Change School Committee Elections