Our Mission

Southern Coalition for Social Justice’s (SCSJ) Voting Rights Program supports marginalized communities in fighting for their right to responsive representation — elected officials of their choosing who are accountable and committed to advancing their interests. By ensuring those communities can advocate for policies, procedures, and districts that provide them an equal opportunity to have their voices heard and votes counted, we help all levels of government to be more responsive to the concerns of their constituency. With better civic education and representation, these communities will have greater access to the resources and services they need to combat systemic injustices. 

Our Work

Election Administration & Protection

SCSJ focuses on ensuring access to the ballot and monitoring initiatives aimed at limiting that access. 

Fight for Fair Districts 

SCSJ continues to fight for racially equitable redistricting maps at all levels of government through litigation, community advocacy, and education.

Combat Voter Suppression

SCSJ is committed to reducing barriers to the ballot box and making the freedom to vote safe and accessible. 

SOLVE

The SOLVE Network is a regional network of grassroots community organizations and advocates aiming to improve voting rights. 

Voting Rights Cases

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VOTING RIGHTS

Alexander v. South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP

SCSJ and a coalition of civil rights groups called upon the U.S. Supreme Court as amici curiae to affirm that South Carolina’s congressional map is racially gerrymandered, in violation of the 14th Amendment.

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VOTING RIGHTS

Petteway v. Galveston County

SCSJ filed a challenge to the Galveston County Commissioners' 2021 precinct map in April 2022 on behalf of three local NAACP branches, the local Galveston LULAC Council 151, and three Black and Latino voters, in partnership with co-counsel from Texas Civil Rights Project and Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

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VOTING RIGHTS

Democracy N.C. v. Hirsch

SCSJ brought this challenge in 2023 to new restrictions on Same-Day Registration in North Carolina on behalf of three voting non-profits with assistance from co-counsel Steptoe LLP.

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Policy Advocacy

Policy Advocacy

SCSJ’s election administration work and policy advocacy focuses on protecting access to the ballot and monitoring legislative initiatives aimed at requiring photo ID at the polls, restricting voter registration, or otherwise disenfranchising voters.

Education and Outreach

Education & Outreach

SCSJ believes voting rights secure the voices of people of color in critical decisions that affect local communities and that have the potential to create progressive social change. We provide counsel to local community groups regarding redistricting, and we speak on behalf of clients at local town hall meetings and legislative committees.

CROWD Academies

Community Redistricting Organizations Working for Democracy (CROWD) Academies equips individuals and organizations with tools to monitor and engage with redistricting processes and take action if decisions are likely to infringe on the right to an equal opportunity to participate in elections.
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Voting Rights News

Voting Rights

The Southern Leadership for Voter Engagement (SOLVE) Network Announces Funding Opportunity

DURHAM (May 29, 2024) –– The Southern Leadership for Voter Engagement (SOLVE) Network is excited to announce a series of $10,000 one-year project grants for Southern organizations and groups to increase civic participation and engagement in historically underrepresented communities across the region.   The application for the 2024-2025 Southern Spark Grant opened, May 28, 2024, and closes June…

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Voting Rights

NC Supreme Court Sides with Political Operatives Instead of Voters in Defamation Case 

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2024) — The North Carolina Supreme Court sided with out-of-state political operatives Thursday in an opinion condoning agents of former state Governor Pat McCrory falsely accusing four North Carolina voters of fraud following the closely contested 2016 gubernatorial race.  The high court ruled in Bouvier, et al. v. Porter, et al.,…

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