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Dale
Ho

Dale Ho (@dale_ho_aclu) is the director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, which is dedicated to defending the freedom of all Americans to exercise the most fundamental right in our democracy—the right to vote. His work includes litigation to combat voter suppression and legislative advocacy to open new opportunities for participation for the historically disenfranchised.

 

Dale supervises the ACLU's voting rights litigation nationwide, with active cases in over a dozen states in every region of the country. He has litigated cases under the federal Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act, including Shelby County v. Holder (defending the constitutionality of Sections 4(b) and 5 of the Voting Rights Act before the U.S. Supreme Court); Frank v. Walker (challenging Wisconsin's voter ID law); League of Women Voters of NC v. North Carolina (challenging cutbacks to early voting and the elimination of same-day registration in North Carolina); Florida v. United States (successfully challenging cutbacks to Florida's early voting period); and Scott v. Schedler (successfully challenging Louisiana's failure to provide voter registration services to public assistance clients). Dale has testified on election reforms in various state legislatures around the country, and is a frequent commentator on voting rights issues, appearing on television programs including Hardball with Chris Matthews; the Melissa Harris-Perry Show; and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. He is an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School, and has published over half a dozen academic articles on issues such as redistricting and voting rights in journals including the Florida Law Review, the Richmond Law Review, and the Stanford Law & Policy Review.

 

Prior to joining the ACLU, he was Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; and a judicial law clerk, first to Judge Barbara S. Jones, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then to Judge Robert S. Smith, New York Court of Appeals. Dale is a graduate of Yale Law School and Princeton University.

What Voters Under 30 Should Know About the Voting Rights Act

What Voters Under 30 Should Know About the Voting Rights Act

By Dale Ho, Director, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 10:13am
In a continuation of trends from previous elections, voters under the age of 30 turned out in record numbers in last year's election, leading many analysts to suggest that they played a decisive role in the presidential race. But many of those young voters might not have been able to participate at all if the Supreme Court's recent ruling striking down a crucial part of the federal Voting Rights Act ("VRA") had been in effect last year.
Democracy Can't Wait

Democracy Can't Wait

By Dale Ho, Director, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 9:53am

Today, the state of North Carolina will try to convince a judge to postpone a trial concerning the country's worst voter suppression law until after the 2014 midterm elections.

Happy 20th Anniversary to the National Voter Registration Act! May It Have Many More

Happy 20th Anniversary to the National Voter Registration Act! May It Have Many More

By Dale Ho, Director, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 11:50am

Twenty years ago today, Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), in order to make voter registration free, fair, and accessible for all Americans. The statute has been a resounding success, helping to enfranchise millions of Americans…

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