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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 Office estimates that by 2016, 25 million Americans will register for health insurance through the exchanges. In addition to expanding access to affordable healthcare, the opening of the health exchanges also has the opportunity to dramatically expand access to the ballot.
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…

Voter ID Trial Day 12: Closing Arguments

Voter ID Trial Day 12: Closing Arguments

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 10:23am

Yesterday was the twelfth and final day of the voter ID trial. In front of a full courtroom, which included Secretary of State Carol Aichele, attorneys for both sides presented their final arguments to Judge McGinley.

Jennifer Clarke, executive…

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…

Voter ID Trial Day 10: Controversy Continues as Courtroom Closed to Public

Voter ID Trial Day 10: Controversy Continues as Courtroom Closed to Public

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 11:27am

The tenth day of the voter ID trial kicked off with a frequent flier on the witness stand, Jonathan Marks, the Department of State's Commissioner for the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislations, who has testified on four of the 10 days of…

VICTORY! Vermont residents will get healthcare and an opportunity to vote

VICTORY! Vermont residents will get healthcare and an opportunity to vote

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 10:22am

Starting on October 1, millions of Americans will begin applying for health care coverage through health insurance...

Voter ID Trial Day 9: The Commonwealth's Response to Plaintiffs' Statistician

Voter ID Trial Day 9: The Commonwealth's Response to Plaintiffs' Statistician

By Molly Tack-Hooper, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 11:23am

Day 9 of the voter ID trial was occupied mostly with a heated debate about the efforts of plaintiffs' statistical expert...