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Core Civil Liberties Threatened in State Legislatures: Three Trends to Watch

State legislatures are ground zero in the fight for civil liberties. Although they may not attract as much attention as debates in Congress or arguments in the Supreme Court, they are the source of unprecedented assaults on our most fundamental rights.
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…

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.…

Millions of Americans Are Cut Out of Our Democracy

Millions of Americans Are Cut Out of Our Democracy

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 2:53pm

On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his support for restoring voting rights to citizens who have committed a felony, once they have served their prison term, completed parole or probation, and paid any restitution fines. While the ACLU…

International Human Rights Body Seeking Answers on U.S. Civil and Political Rights Record

International Human Rights Body Seeking Answers on U.S. Civil and Political Rights Record

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 4:16pm

An international human rights body is set to question the United States on its obligations under a key human rights treaty. The U.N. Human Rights Committee, an independent body of experts tasked with monitoring compliance with the International Covenant…

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…

The Voters of Cranston, Rhode Island, Deserve to be Treated Equally

The Voters of Cranston, Rhode Island, Deserve to be Treated Equally

By Sean Young, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 12:46pm

Imagine that you were treated as three-fourths of a person in every aspect of your daily life. When you want to binge-watch House of Cards on Netflix, you're only allowed to watch the first three-fourths of the season. When you buy a cup of Starbucks…

What Voters Under 30 Should Know About the Voting Rights Act

What Voters Under 30 Should Know About the Voting Rights Act

By Dale Ho, Director, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 10:13am

In a continuation of trends from previous elections, voters under the age of 30 turned out in record numbers in last year's election, leading many analysts to suggest that they played a decisive role in the presidential race. But many of those young…

Unsettling Questions About Voting Machines In Ohio

Unsettling Questions About Voting Machines In Ohio

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 1:46pm

As America heads to the polls to elect the next president, stories are circulating about, and a lawsuit has been filed over, a last-minute software patch apparently being installed on voting tabulation machines in Ohio, as described in a secret contract…

ACLU Lens: Federal Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law

ACLU Lens: Federal Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law

By Vesna Jaksic, ACLU at 2:46pm

A federal court today struck Texas’s discriminatory voter ID law, which would have prevented many eligible citizens from exercising their fundamental right to vote. 

The ACLU had intervened in the case in order to represent individuals…