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Marisa Wright

  • Hosted by Campaign Legal Center
  • Sponsored by Cooley LLP
  • Service location Multiple states
  • Law school Harvard Law School
  • Issue area Voting Rights/Electoral Participation
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Marisa’s project will leverage state voting rights acts (SVRAs) to safeguard voting rights and empower historically disenfranchised communities by implementing and enforcing existing SVRAs and engaging in advocacy to shape and enact additional SVRAs.

Needs Addressed by Project

Voting rights are facing unprecedented challenges and attacks—from the closure of polling places in low-income communities to aggressive voter purges paired with increased barriers to registration to racial gerrymandering. These attacks disproportionately impact marginalized communities, threatening the very foundation of our multi-racial democracy. At the same time, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has been steadily weakened since its passage, leaving voters with fewer tools to combat discrimination in voting. Marisa’s project seeks to advance equal voting access, promote racial and ethnic equity, and ensure equitable representation by actively carrying out and upholding state voting rights acts.

Fellowship Plans

During her fellowship, Marisa will leverage the data available under SVRAs’ reporting requirements to monitor compliance and shine a light on hidden barriers to voting access and representation. Where necessary, she will work with CLC attorneys to initiate litigation to challenge discriminatory voting practices under SVRAs in states like New York, Virginia, Washington, California, Oregon, and Connecticut. Finally, she will use lessons learned from enforcement to inform further advocacy efforts to pass and strengthen other state voting rights acts in states across the country.

“State VRAs are vital tools in combating modern forms of voter suppression and promoting racial equity, helping to create a more inclusive and just society for all. In an era marked by unprecedented challenges to voting rights, I am honored to advocate for the fundamental right of every voter to make their voice heard.”

Marisa Wright /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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