Posted by Arab American Institute on January 30, 2018 in Blog

By Mollie Todd

For AAI’s monthly National Policy Council meeting, Dale Ho, Director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, was invited to speak on voter suppression efforts. Ho discussed the various voter purge cases including the Ohio case which is headed to the Supreme Court and updated the group on the disbandment of President Trump’s “Voter Fraud Commission.” The meeting also included a brief discussion of the Census Bureau’s decision not to implement a Middle East and North Africa category on the 2020 Census.

NPC members raised questions about the issues Ho discussed, as well as concerns about voter suppression occurring in their respective states. One community member noted that the accidental registration of ineligible voters, either by mistake or through DMV efforts may also have a negative impact particularly if the person is not a citizen and later attempts to apply for citizenship. Other questions raised were in regards to voter suppression on college campuses and litigation involving unlawful gerrymandering.

Dale Ho supervises the ACLU’s voting rights litigation and advocacy network worldwide. He has litigated cases under the federal Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act. Dale is also an adjunct professor of law at the NYU School of Law.

Mollie Todd is a 2018 spring intern at the Arab American Institute.