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Marcia Johnson-Blanco

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Co-Director, Voting Rights Project
Marcia Johnson-Blanco is the Co-director of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Voting Rights Project.   She manages the Project’s programmatic and advocacy portfolios which include leading Election Protection, the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection program, overseeing the work of the National Commission on Voting Rights, promoting election reform, ensuring minority participation in the redistricting process and ensuring that those with felony convictions regain their right to vote.  Marcia started at the Lawyers’ Committee as a staff attorney in 2004 working on the first Election Protection program during a presidential election.  In 2005, she served as the deputy director of the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act which was organized to review the record of discrimination in voting from 1982 – 2005.  The findings of the Commission were a significant part of the record considered by Congress in the 2006 re-authorization of the expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act.  Marcia also served as a member of the litigation team defending the 2007 challenge to constitutionality of the Act.