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Delaney Barker

  • Hosted by ACLU of Michigan
  • Sponsored by Anonymous
  • Service location Detroit, Michigan
  • Law school Harvard Law School
  • Issue area Racial Justice, Voting Rights/Electoral Participation
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Delaney (she/her) provides legal representation and advocacy for Michigan’s low-income and minority voters to access absentee or in-person ballots without intimidation and tactics intended to subvert election results.

During the 2022 election, partisan operatives trained poll workers and poll watchers to accuse individuals of voter fraud and escalate the situation by calling the police with the apparent intention of sending them to flood high-minority areas to disrupt elections and harass voters. Delaney’s project seeks to combat new forms of voter intimidation and disenfranchisement that disproportionately target low-income voters and voters of color.

Fellowship Plans

Building on the ACLU of Michigans work protecting voters, Delaney will sue individuals and organizations seeking to suppress the vote of marginalized voters and election clerks who threaten voters’ access to absentee ballots or early voting. Additionally, she will work with grassroots organizers and partner organizations to engage with clerks statewide and ensure that voters can exercise their right to an absentee ballot or early voting. During her fellowship, Delaney will also litigate on behalf of voters who have been intimidated by poll watchers or other actors.

As a woman of color from a low-income background, the U.S. Constitution had to be amended three times for me to exercise the right to vote. Voting has always been important to me. I'm honored and proud that my work can help ensure that historically marginalized voters, particularly Black, Indigenous, and low-income voters in Michigan are not denied their right to the ballot.

Delaney Barker /
2023 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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