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"One Man, One Vote": Nelson Mandela on Voting Rights

"One Man, One Vote": Nelson Mandela on Voting Rights

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 2:59pm
Last week, the world lost a great man, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
Ohio Legislature Bent on Making Voting Harder

Ohio Legislature Bent on Making Voting Harder

By Nick Worner, ACLU of Ohio at 12:33pm

Below is an excerpt from The Columbus Dispatch:

It’s no big secret that manipulating voting laws is a partisan blood sport in Ohio. The controversies of 2004 are the stuff of legend, and in 2012 we saw a voting bill so obviously partisan…

Kansas Voters Deserve Equality

Kansas Voters Deserve Equality

By Molly Rugg, Paralegal, ACLU at 12:18pm

According to the state of Kansas, some voters are qualified to vote for President, but not for Governor or Secretary of State.

Why? The state has set up a two-tiered system for voter registration, arbitrarily separating voters into two unequal…

JAMMED! Voter Suppression Hits Pawnee, Indiana?

JAMMED! Voter Suppression Hits Pawnee, Indiana?

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 2:26pm

As any fan of NBC's Parks and Recreation knows, Pawnee Councilwoman Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) loves democracy. But just how much?

On last night's episode, the voting wars arrive in Pawnee, Indiana, where a contentious recall election is imminent.…

Voter Suppression is a Badder, Broader, More Bigoted Problem Than Just This Guy

Voter Suppression is a Badder, Broader, More Bigoted Problem Than Just This Guy

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 2:48pm

On The Daily Show Wednesday, we had the misfortune of hearing from North Carolina GOP executive committee member Don Yelton, whose despicable comments on North Carolina's new voter suppression law included "if it hurts a bunch of lazy Blacks that want…

Why Today is a Big Day for Voting Rights

Why Today is a Big Day for Voting Rights

By Faith Barksdale, Legal Assistant, ACLU & Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 4:20pm

Today marks the opening of the health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act. An estimated seven million uninsured Americans are expected to apply for coverage during this first round of open enrollment; the Congressional Budget…

Happy National Voter Registration Day (Unless You Live in Kansas)

Happy National Voter Registration Day (Unless You Live in Kansas)

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 5:29pm

Today is National Voter Registration Day, a non-partisan celebration of the right to vote and a nationally-coordinated effort to register thousands of voters.  Unless, of course, you live in Kansas. 

While volunteers all over the…

Why Have 1.5 Million Floridians Been Banned from Voting?

Why Have 1.5 Million Floridians Been Banned from Voting?

By Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations, ACLU of Florida & Joyce Hamilton Henry, ACLU of Florida at 3:14pm

The struggle to protect the fundamental right to vote for people with a felony conviction is nothing new in this country, but has now reached a crisis level. Almost six million people are denied the right to vote because of felon disfranchisement laws…

History Repeats Itself:  Why Is South Dakota Denying American Indians an Equal Opportunity to Vote?

History Repeats Itself: Why Is South Dakota Denying American Indians an Equal Opportunity to Vote?

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 11:16am

Every election, South Dakota voters have 46 days when they can vote early, which makes it easier for people to take part in our democracy. But the rules appear to be different for American Indian voters living on reservations in the state—at least…

The March on Washington Through a Child's Eyes

The March on Washington Through a Child's Eyes

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:10pm

I was at home when the March on Washington took place in 1963. My parents took my four older siblings with them, but at the last minute decided that, as the youngest, I should stay at home.

I was furious about being left behind. My parents…