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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, September 27, Members of Congress will participate in a hearing with commissioners from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) to discuss USCCR’s recently released report on the state of voting rights in the United States. The discussion is jointly hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC).

Released on September 12, USCCR’s Assessment of Minority Voting Rights Access in the United States documents ongoing discrimination in voting procedures enacted by states and localities across the country and the roll back of voting rights since the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder. The panel will take place from 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM and will feature USCCR Chair Catherine Lhamon, USCCR Vice Chair Patricia Timmons-Goodson, and USCCR Commissioner Debo Adegbile. Members will have the opportunity to make an opening statement and will be provided time to question USCCR Commissioners on the findings in their report on voter access.

Panel with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
USCCR shares and discusses findings from Minority Voting Rights Access Assessment
Hosted by the CBC, CHC, and CAPAC
Thursday, September 27
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
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CBC Voting Rights Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Terri Sewell and G. K. Butterfield will lead this event.

Media interested in attending this event must RSVP to


Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is serving her fourth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional district. She sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was recently appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Sewell is a Chief Deputy Whip and serves on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee of the Democratic Caucus. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and serves as Vice Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, and Vice Chair of Outreach for the New Democrat Coalition.