NAACP Partners In Election Reform Hearings To Discuss Florida Voting System

More than 39,000 complaints filed during the 2004 Presidential Elections

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in partnership with People for the American Way and the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights, is holding a series of public hearings beginning January 27th in Orlando to address concerns in the Florida voting system.

Mary Peeler, NAACP Director of Voter Empowerment, said: "The NAACP is committed to studying disenfranchisement in the voting process. We are dedicated to this comprehensive project and will continue to fight for each citizen's right to vote."

As a member of the Election Protection Coalition, the NAACP collaborated on a report in 2004 about voter intimidation and suppression which outlined deliberate efforts to deceive or intimidate voters into staying away from the polls in major elections.

In a new report entitled "Shattering the Myth: An Initial Snapshot of Voter Disenfranchisement in the 2004 Elections," the NAACP with its partners takes a closer look at the reported problems experienced and recorded by the Election Protection Coalition during the 2004 Presidential Elections. According to the report more than 39,000 complaints have been recorded in the national database.

The hearing scheduled for tonight will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the City of Orlando Council Chambers located at 400 South Orange Ave. Additional hearings are scheduled in Jacksonville, Fla. on February 1st and in Miami on February 3rd.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and privates sectors.

CONTACT: NAACP Office of Communications 410.580.5125

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