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American Association for Justice
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Civil Justice Attorneys Hit the Campaign Trail to Protect the Vote
American Association for Justice members served at polling places, worked in call centers and joined election protection legal teams
Washington, DC—More than one thousand members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) joined efforts throughout the country to protect the vote this election.
In response to various attempts made to suppress the vote in the 2008 and 2010 elections, AAJ members formed the Voter Protection Action Committee (VPAC) to ensure that all votes were cast and counted this election. Through VPAC, AAJ and its members joined forces with national organizations to identify lawyers and others to volunteer on Election Day.
“All Americans benefit when justice and democracy are accessible,” said AAJ President Mary Alice McLarty. “We believe that it is critical we have lawyers to help protect the right to vote.
VPAC attorneys worked both in their home states and in battleground states such as Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. They volunteered at polling places, assisted call centers, and were part of election protection legal teams.
“Our members are uniquely qualified to protect the rights of voters who might otherwise have their right to vote denied,” commented AAJ VPAC Chair Julie Kane. “We were thrilled to have so many civil justice attorneys participate and we look forward to making this effort even stronger in the next election.
Election protection has always been a focus of AAJ and its members. This year was the first time AAJ formed a formal committee. The program was such an overwhelming success, that it will be continued and strengthened in future elections.