Tom's Work On: Voting Rights

Under Perez’s leadership, the Justice Department’s voting enforcement program used all the tools at its disposal, including litigation, guidance, public education, and outreach with a diverse array of stakeholders to ensure access to democratic participation for all legally qualified voters, and to ensure equal opportunity to participate in the democratic process free from discrimination.

The Department’s Voting Section has handled more new cases than in any fiscal year during at least the last 35 years. In addition, the Department continues to devote significant resources to promoting access to voter registration and the accuracy of the rolls through comprehensive enforcement of the National Voter Registration Act.

82 Civil and Human Rights Groups Back Perez Nomination

A coalition of 82 national organizations representing the broad diversity of our country recently called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Tom Perez to be Labor Secretary.

In their joint letter to the Senate, the groups point to Perez’s leadership of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice as a key factor in their endorsement, stating that “Mr. Perez helped build consensus with stakeholders to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society….He has also been a tireless champion of voting rights, disability rights, equal educational equity, and has prosecuted some of the most heinous hate crimes in recent memory. ”

Read the letter here.

Bush Appointee John Dunne Writes in Support of Perez

John Dunne, who was appointed by George H.W. Bush to serve as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights from 1990-1993, wrote a letter to Senators Thomas Harkin and Lamar Alexander urging them to support Thomas Perez.

“I write as an appointee by former President George H.W. Bush to the United States Department of Justice in support of Thomas Perez who has been nominated by President Obama to serve as Secretary of Labor and urge your favorable consideration of his candidacy.”

Download the full letter here.

NAACP Comes Out for Perez

Today, the NAACP endorsed Tom Perez’s confirmation to be Secretary of Labor.  After commending Tom’s work on civil rights enforcement, the organization went on to say “we have every confidence that Mr. Perez will do an outstanding job in protecting the rights of American workers which establishing internal reforms which will serve the Department of Labor, and the American people, well for decades in the future.”

Read the letter here.