Voting Rights Working to Secure Voting Access for Underrepresented Communities With our free and fair elections under extraordinary threat, DWT lawyers and staff took extraordinary steps to get engaged last year. Our team dedicated more than 1,665 pro bono hours to voting rights initiatives across the country. These efforts included helping staff a voting rights hotline administered by Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Together with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Defender Association, DWT also participated in an ongoing Jails Working Group, which seeks to promote voter registration and ballot distribution to individuals who are incarcerated in Wasington State prisons and are eligible to vote.
Our team is pursuing litigation as well. In partnership with the ACLU and Demos, DWT litigators, led by Seattle counsel Matt Jedreski, prevailed in federal court last year, blocking an Indiana law that would have purged voter rolls in violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. Another DWT team, which includes Matt, Adam Sieff, and Kate Kennedy, has sued to stop the 2021 voter-suppression law in Georgia.