Voters who were falsely accused of voter fraud in VA have reached a settlement in their lawsuit against J. Christian Adams and his organization, the Public Interest Legal Foundation. This sends a clear signal that #VoterIntimidation will not be tolerated. protectdemocracy.org/lulac-v-public…
Adams/PILF published 2 reports that falsely accused citizens of felony voter fraud. The reports used the provocative title “Alien Invasion” to stoke fear and outrage about a supposed wave of non-citizens voting illegally in U.S. elections. talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/laws…
Worse yet, the reports published the personal information of the citizens being falsely accused. These tactics are a modern form of #voterintimidation that target and disproportionately impact certain groups of people.
We joined @scsj, a private law firm, and pro bono attorneys to file a lawsuit against Adams/PILF on behalf of @Lulac_RVARegion & voters, alleging violations of the #VotingRightsAct, #KuKluxKlanAct & VA defamation law. Read the complaint here: protectdemocracy.org/resource-libra…
Adams/PILF attempted to have the case dismissed. They failed. The court’s ruling is here: protectdemocracy.org/resource-libra…
Documents show the defendants had received warnings from elections officials, and even one of their own volunteers, that they were making false representations.
In their battle to change election laws, PILF believed that “the fog of war favors the aggressor.” But they were wrong. #VotingRights will be protected. documentcloud.org/documents/6200…
This settlement is a significant win for #democracy and #votingrights. Elections are only meaningful if all eligible voters can participate freely and without fear. We will remain vigilant and continue to defend free & fair elections.

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