Terry Ao Minnis

Terry Ao Minnis

Ms. Terry Ao Minnis is the Director of Census and Voting Programs, Asian Americans Advancing Justice. She is a national expert on Census policy and voting rights. She co-chairs the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Census Task Force. Previously, she was a member of the U.S Department of Commerce’s 2010 Census Advisory Committee from 2002-2011. A graduate of American University’s’ Washington College of Law, Ao Minnis has authored several legal papers, including “When the Voting Rights Act Became Un-American: The Misguided Vilification of Section 203” (Alabama Law Review). She has also submitted numerous amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, including Shelby County v. Holder, one of the most consequential decisions on voting rights where the conservatives on the bench struck down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that mandated federal approval of local and state voting laws in jurisdictions with a history of discrimination.

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