The Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) is a national, nonpartisan voting rights and legal support organization whose mission is to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies. FELN works to improve overall election administration through administrative, legal, and legislative reform as well as provide legal and technical assistance to voter mobilization organizations.
History of Fair Elections Legal Network
The Fair Elections Legal Network grew out of a meeting convened by Washington D.C. public interest lawyer Bob Brandon and former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman on February 6, 2006 attended by over 60 voting rights and mobilization organizations. The purpose of the meeting was to gauge support for creating a national network of pro bono election lawyers. Out of that meeting grew the first iteration of the Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN).
Originally formed as a limited liability group of lawyers, FELN now employs a staff of attorneys and advocates whose mission is to eliminate barriers to voting and improve election administration across the United States. Working alongside other national and state groups, FELN works to make the processes of voter registration, voting, and election administration as accessible as possible for every American and has a special focus on student and minority voters. To this end, FELN engages in a wide variety of advocacy efforts; FELN produces reports and fact sheets, provides testimony to legislatures, conducts trainings and seminars for organizations and their supporters, and works directly with local election officials and Secretaries of State to ensure that the voting rights are protected. For more information on the work FELN has done and continues to do, visit our latest updates and resources page.