US Civil Rights Commission To Host Raleigh Hearings

Jan 10, 2018 (Raleigh), Today, Jay DeLancy, the Voter Integrity Project Director, received an email notification from a Special Assistant Counsel on the US Civil Rights Commission, confirming their plans to hold a public briefing Feb 2, from 9 am to 8 pm, at Raleigh’s Crabtree Marriott on voting rights obstacles in the United States.

DeLancy testifying at a 2013 hearing before a legislative committee.

“This meeting will finally give the chance for the people of North Carolina to report the crimes they’ve observed at the polls,” said DeLancy. “We’ve heard countless eyewitness reports from people who declined to go on camera for VIP, but we hope they will find the courage to testify at the public comment portion of this hearing.”

Here are highlights of some accounts VIP has received:

  • One woman working outside the polls, reentered several times that day. Upon each exit, she was observed giving high fives to several others, while boasting about having cast another vote.
  • A man who had inadvertently tried to vote at the wrong location was eventually sent to the correct location and reported to polling officials that a group of people who had just finished voting at the second location were the same people he had observed voting at his prior polling location. The official dismissed his claims and took no action.
  • A woman, working as an inside observer during one election was asked by an elderly voter, “do we have to register at every county we visit?” (Click here to read more detailed accounts.)
  • And who can forget Larry Henson’s heroic effort to get polling officials to intervene with a woman he had observed voting three times?!  (Click here to see Hanson’s testimony before an NCGA committee.).

Details of the Civil Rights Hearing

The email continues, “We plan to address voting rights enforcement efforts after the 2006 reauthorization of the temporary provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA); the impact of theShelby County v. Holder decision; enforcement of Sections 2 and 203 of the VRA; and whether new or enhanced federal protections could expand voting opportunities for all Americans, including those historically underrepresented because of their race, color, and/or minority language group membership.”

They will host panel briefings from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, EST and will hold a “Public Open Forum/Listening Session from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST.


The names of the panelists have not yet been determined, but here is their skeletal plan:

From 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, we will hear expert testimony on:

–Scope and efficacy of the Justice Department’s VRA enforcement and voting rights obstacles;

–Litigator perspectives of laws affecting voter access since Shelby;

–Voter access;

–Recommendations for ensuring access to the ballot, post-Shelby.

From 6:00 – 8:00 pm, members of the public are invited to share their views on voting challenges during an in-person listening session.


[We will update this site as more details emerge.]