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Press Statement April 4, 2024

NAACP and Fellow Advocates Sue Alabama Over Extreme Anti-Voter Restrictions and Penalties

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 4, 2024

Contact: Alicia Mercedes, amercedes@naacpnet.org 

Montgomery, AL — Today, the NAACP et al, sued Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, Alabama's 42 District Attorneys, and Alabama Secretary of State Wes Allen to block Alabama's recently enacted Senate Bill 1 (SB 1). This law directly targets, drastically restricts, and severely penalizes basic nonpartisan civic engagement efforts that enable all Alabamians to access their right to vote.

Janette McCarthy Wallace, NAACP Chief General Secretary of Counsel shared the following statement:

"These continued attempts from extremist politicians to stifle our voices by suppressing our votes are a direct attack on our democracy. The NAACP remains committed to fighting back at the local, state, and national level while utilizing a combined effort of litigation and mobilization to ensure every Black American cast their ballot in November."

The law, among the most restrictive of its kind ever passed, would criminalize most forms of helping voters apply for absentee ballots, with felony penalties ranging up to 20 years in prison. SB 1's cruel and unlawful restrictions harm voters of marginalized communities who need assistance with their absentee ballot applications — as well as nonpartisan civic engagement groups working to help Alabamians participate in the political process. 

"Senate Bill 1 is an attempt to take Alabama backwards by violating our basic Constitutional Amendment rights and impeding our freedom of speech," said Bernard Simelton, President of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP. "The NAACP remains committed to quelling any attempts to restrict our hard-won access to the ballot box. We cannot allow bad actors to revert the progress that our ancestors shed blood, sweat and tears for. The Alabama State Conference of the NAACP will continue to carry the torch, marching into any battle where our rights are under attack." 

The NAACP is currently litigating seven other voting rights cases across the nation while working to educate, engage and mobilize millions of Black voters throughout the 2024 election cycle.  

For more information on our voting rights advocacy, visit our website.

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