Spring 2019 Roundup: 4 Snapshots from the Vote Everywhere Network

The Spring 2019 semester was a busy time for the Vote Everywhere network. In addition to engaging more than 15,000 students with on and off campus activities, our Ambassadors used promising practices to expand access to the ballot and received numerous awards for their outstanding work.

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Oxford Girl Scout Presents Her Mural Honoring Three Slain Civil Rights Workers of 1964 Freedom Summer

Cope, a rising senior at Talawanda High School, received a $1,000 grant from the E. W. Smith Family Charitable Trust to create the mural as a project for her Gold award from the Girl Scouts of America. The mural honors three civil rights volunteers who trained in Oxford during the Freedom Summer of 1964 and were murdered in Mississippi by members of the Ku Klux Klan a few weeks later as they tried to register voters there.

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Tennessee sued over voter registration law

Six groups, including a Memphis-based law firm, filed suit this week challenging Tennessee’s new third-party voter registration law, contending it violates “fundamental” constitutional rights with the threat of civil and criminal penalties.

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Tennessee Sued Over Crackdown on Voter Drives

The ink from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s pen on a new state law had barely dried before four civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the new regulations for voter registration drives. The groups say the law that is scheduled to take effect in Oct. 1 – about a year out from the 2020 presidential election – is vague, violates First and 14th Amendment rights and hands down draconian civil and criminal penalties for any group found violating its provisions.

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