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Under the Radar: South Carolina Rushes Through Yet another Voter Suppression Bill

Under the Radar: South Carolina Rushes Through Yet another Voter Suppression Bill

By Katie O'Connor, Voting Rights Project at 3:18pm
The dust has barely settled in South Carolina since the Department of Justice refused to approve the state’s voter ID law, a discriminatory measure which would disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters, many of them African-American, elderly and young people. And yet, undeterred and brazenly determined, the state legislature is already taking another bite at the voter suppression apple.
"If You Get It Young, You'll Vote Your Whole Life"

"If You Get It Young, You'll Vote Your Whole Life"

By Dawn Quarles, Dawn Quarles at 12:12pm

A Florida high school teacher talks about how Florida's new law restricting third parties from registering voters suppresses registration among young people.

Some Observations on Voter Registration in Florida

Some Observations on Voter Registration in Florida

By Alisa Roth, ACLU at 4:22pm

Terrifying is not a word I’d use to describe myself. I don’t even think it’s a word most other people would use to describe me. But I guess it all depends on your perspective.

I was in East Tampa, Florida a few weeks before…

Florida Sets the Stage: U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Field Hearing on State's Regressive Voting Laws

Florida Sets the Stage: U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Field Hearing on State's Regressive Voting Laws

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Howard L. Simon, ACLU of Florida at 2:24pm

With Florida’s primary just days away, all eyes are on the Sunshine State. And in an effort to shine a light on the state’s new regressive voting laws, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights,…

Poll and <em>Post</em> Agree: Criminal Disfranchisement Laws Are Unjust

Poll and Post Agree: Criminal Disfranchisement Laws Are Unjust

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 4:49pm

Criminal disfranchisement proved to be a hot issue in the Republican presidential debates recently, leading to a CNN poll asking, “Should felons be allowed to vote after serving their sentences?”

The results showed that the…

Remembering Dr. King's Dream as Voters Go to the Polls in South Carolina

Remembering Dr. King's Dream as Voters Go to the Polls in South Carolina

By Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 8:49am

Today voters are going to the polls in South Carolina to exercise their most fundamental democratic right: the right to vote. This week we celebrated the life and work of Martin Luther King, and in doing so we recall his championing of the Voting Rights…

Remembering Dr. King's Defense of Voting Rights

Remembering Dr. King's Defense of Voting Rights

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 10:25am

During the summer of 1964, a coalition of civil rights groups and almost a thousand student volunteers converged in Mississippi to register African-American voters.  The “Mississippi Summer Project” was met with unrelenting violence:…

Government Steps Up to Block Voter Suppression in South Carolina

Government Steps Up to Block Voter Suppression in South Carolina

By Steve Gosset, ACLU at 11:50am

There were eight states this year that passed some version of a law requiring photo identification for all voters. South Carolina was one of them, but hopefully not for long.

The Department of Justice on Friday blocked South Carolina’s…

ACLU Lens: A Fight Far From Over: Julian Bond Stands Up Against the Latest Attacks on Voting Rights

ACLU Lens: A Fight Far From Over: Julian Bond Stands Up Against the Latest Attacks on Voting Rights

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 2:09pm

In Sunday’s issue of the Chicago Tribune, famed civil rights activist Julian Bond reminded us that expanding access to the ballot for all Americans has been a critical part of our country’s history.

No one knows this better than…

The Democracy Restoration Act: Creating A Broader and More Just Base of Voter Participation

The Democracy Restoration Act: Creating A Broader and More Just Base of Voter Participation

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:59pm

Jessica Chiappone was convicted of a nonviolent drug offense. Since serving her prison sentence, she has turned her life around, completed law school and hopes to become a public defender. But because of her felony conviction, Jessica is unable to vote, hold public office or sit on a jury – all requirements for admission to the Florida Bar.