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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 voters might not have been able to participate at all if the Supreme Court's recent ruling striking down a crucial part of the federal Voting Rights Act ("VRA") had been in effect last year.
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…

Fundamental Injustice: Voter Suppression Threatens Democracy

Fundamental Injustice: Voter Suppression Threatens Democracy

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 2:28pm

Sen. Dick Durbin calls the recent rash of state voter suppression efforts, "a threat to our democracy." Yesterday he held a hearing on this disturbing trend at which the ACLU submitted a statement for the record.

In recent months,…

Ohioans Rise Up to Stop Voter Suppression Bill

Ohioans Rise Up to Stop Voter Suppression Bill

By Mike Brickner, ACLU of Ohio at 11:00am

Pundits, politicians, and publicists all agree: Ohio is crucial to any national election. And this year, Ohio is just one of many states that has had to grapple with legislators’ attempts to restrict voting rights. In 2011, state legislatures…

Indiana's Voter ID Law Discriminates Against Citizens at the Polls

By Meredith Bell-Platts, Voting Rights Project at 1:02pm

Voting rights cases extol the right to vote as fundamental and preservative of all rights. Indeed, the right to vote without regard to race, gender, age, or class is protected by numerous constitutional amendments and federal laws. Therefore, Indiana's…

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…

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…

Pennsylvania’s Voter ID by the Numbers

Pennsylvania’s Voter ID by the Numbers

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 3:18pm

This week marked the opening of the trial in the ACLU of Pennsylvania’s challenge to the state’s restrictive voter ID law. The trial began with testimony from Ms. Viviette Applewhite, a feisty 93-year-old African-American great-great-grandmother…

A Victory for Voting Rights: Florida’s Voter Suppression Law Blocked by Federal Court

A Victory for Voting Rights: Florida’s Voter Suppression Law Blocked by Federal Court

By Derek Newton, ACLU of Florida at 5:58pm
A victory for voting rights out of Florida this week: a federal court in Tallahassee blocked key provisions of the state’s new voter suppression law which discourages voter registration drives. The new law is so extreme that groups such as The League…
Voter ID Trial Day 11: Closing Arguments Delayed as Dispute over Data Continued

Voter ID Trial Day 11: Closing Arguments Delayed as Dispute over Data Continued

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 11:35am

The eleventh day of the voter ID trial proved to be an interesting mixture of boredom and drama. After a long trial, everyone involved was looking forward to closing arguments today. Instead, Judge McGinley once again closed the courtroom to everyone…