Blog of Rights

Lions and Tigers and Fraud, Oh My! Secretary of State Kris Kobach Is at It Again

By Jon Sherman, Voting Rights Project & Katie O'Connor, Voting Rights Project at 2:09pm
In a recent column in the Wall Street Journal, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach takes a victory lap trumpeting the passage of his voter ID law. He writes: "You can't cash a check, board a plane, or even buy full-strength Sudafed over the counter without [a photo ID]. That's why it's not unreasonable to require one in order to protect our most important privilege of citizenship." Voting, however, is not a privilege; it is a fundamental right guaranteed by more constitutional amendments than any other right we have. Cashing a check, getting on an airplane, and buying a nasal decongestant are not similarly enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

Minnesota Stands Up for Voters

By Carolyn Jackson, ACLU of Minnesota at 11:57am

Last week we told you about the rash of photo-ID-to-vote bills popping up around the country, which will do nothing but prevent countless Americans from voting.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach argued recently in the Wall Street Journal…

States Working Hard to Solve Nonexistent Voting Problem

By Nicole Kief, ACLU at 12:55pm

Remember the adage “one person, one vote?”  In an increasing number of states, it’s more like:

1 person + 1 birth certificate + 1 marriage license + 1 utility bill + 1 trip to the DMV = 1 vote

That’s because…

Wichita Blues: Kansas Mandates Photo ID For Its Voters

By Jon Sherman, Voting Rights Project at 4:12pm

Kansas took a giant leap backwards this week by enacting one of the harshest voter ID laws in the country. Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill into law Monday that will require voters to present photo ID at the polls as well as proof of citizenship…

Voting in Florida: From Bad to Worse

By Laughlin McDonald, Voting Rights Project at 3:37pm

Wilbertine Berkley is one of hundreds of thousands of Floridians with past felony convictions whose voting rights are in peril. After struggling with substance abuse, Wilbertine has served her time, enrolled in college and become a volunteer…

10 Tips, One Vote

By Nicole Kief, ACLU at 4:37pm

Tomorrow, millions of Americans will head to the polls to flex their democratic muscles. We hope you'll be among them, and we hope you'll take our advice. Here are 10 quick tips for Election Day:

Don't forget to vote!…

Just Vote!

By Katie O'Connor, Voting Rights Project at 12:19pm
See how your members of Congress voted on the most important civil liberties issues >>

Wondering why your vote matters? Consider this: local, state and federal…

The ACLU: A One-Stop Shop for Voters

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:19pm

It's that time of year — it's time to vote! And the ACLU is your one-stop shop for voting resources so you can effectively exercise your right to vote. At www.aclu.org/voter, you'll find:

state-specific palm cards…

Why Wait? You Might Be Able to Vote Today!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:00pm

All the pundits have their countdown clocks set: Only 28 days left until Election Day! But in most states — 32, to be exact — you can vote early. The timing is different from state-to-state; for example, early voting started…

In the End, Gov. McDonnell Actually Improves Voting Rights for People with Felony Convictions in Virginia

By Kent Willis, ACLU of Virginia at 4:51pm

Remember when Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, after declaring April Confederate History Month and not mentioning slavery, messed up again by making Virginia's felony disfranchisement policy even stricter? Even though Virginia already has the harshest…