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365 Days Later and still no action. When will the House act to protect voting?

The Most Conservative Principle in American Politics

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:53am
"The right to vote is at the very foundation of our American system, and nothing must interfere with this very precious right." – President Gerald Ford
Putting the Brakes on Voter Suppression in North Carolina

Putting the Brakes on Voter Suppression in North Carolina

By Molly Rugg, Paralegal, ACLU at 11:35am

Voters get to decide who represents them, but elected officials don't get to decide which eligible voters can and can't vote. Right?

Elected officials in North Carolina think otherwise.

In August, Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law that…

2014: The Voting Rights Spring

2014: The Voting Rights Spring

By Dale Ho, Director, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 12:45pm

It's been 50 years since Freedom Summer -- when civil rights activists from around the country converged on Mississippi for a massive voter registration campaign.

Voting line

For Early Voting, One Size Doesn't Fit All

By Sean J. Young, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 12:08pm

What if the government forced all clothing stores to sell only extra-small T-shirts? And what if this happened because some politicians concluded consumers should be treated "uniformly" when it came to shopping options and decided that consumers should…

Vote Here sign

Court Rejects "License to Discriminate" in Wisconsin

By Sean J. Young, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 5:00pm

When I was growing up as a kid in the '80s, many of my peers spent their summers on socially-enriching activities, like playing outdoors. I, however, spent most of my summers in front of the TV, watching daytime game shows (I'm an old soul) and, of…

The Long and Short of Voting Lines in North Carolina

The Long and Short of Voting Lines in North Carolina

By Faith Barksdale, Legal Assistant, ACLU at 12:57pm

We know that cuts to early voting are bad for voters. But just how bad are they?

As part of our lawsuit against North Carolina's voter suppression bill, we asked Ted Allen, a professor of industrial engineering at Ohio State University, and…

Let People Vote

The Democracy Restoration Act: Preventing a Lifetime Punishment

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Tyler Ray, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:52pm

Tayna Fogle is a mother of two, grandmother of six, a leader in her community, and a powerful example of how difficult it is for citizens to regain their voting rights.

Two decades ago, Tayna served a sentence for a non-violent drug offense…

Voter Registration is Good for Your Health

Voter Registration is Good for Your Health

By Faith Barksdale, Legal Assistant, ACLU at 12:00am

Are voter registration opportunities good medicine? For the one-third of uninsured Americans who are also not registered to vote it would appear so. When people sign up for health care through the Affordable Care Act, they should also have the opportunity…

The author with Representative John Lewis

The Time for Waiting is Gone

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:56pm

Recently, I had a meeting with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).  I was bringing some youth leaders to his office to discuss racial justice and education.  When we arrived, he starting telling us his story.  We were in awe.  It was a history…

What's Wrong With this Picture?

What's Wrong With this Picture?

By Faith Barksdale, Legal Assistant, ACLU at 9:52am

How can people vote early if they can't get to their polling place? The answer is they can't.

But in Hamilton County, Ohio, following a vote to move the county's Board of Elections from its current location in densely-populated downtown Cincinnati,…