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Supreme Court Put a Dagger in the Heart of the Voting Rights Act

Supreme Court Put a Dagger in the Heart of the Voting Rights Act

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Laughlin McDonald, Voting Rights Project at 1:54pm
While the 15th Amendment was adopted in 1870 and prohibited denial of the right to vote on account of race or color, in reality, many African-Americans were only able to vote within recent memory -- less than 50 years ago, with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Many people fought and bled for that right. Yet, despite a victory so recent in our memories, last week, the Supreme Court undermined one of the most powerful tools forged during that struggle—Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).
States to Young Voters: We Don’t Want a Repeat of ‘08

States to Young Voters: We Don’t Want a Repeat of ‘08

By Demelza Baer, Washington Legislative Office at 5:21pm

Defying the stereotype that they are apathetic or disengaged, young voters turned out in droves in the 2008 presidential election, capping off their record-setting participation in many state primaries and caucuses. Although the high water mark for…

From Missouri to Minnesota: ACLU Takes Aim at Another Misleading Voter ID Ballot Initiative

From Missouri to Minnesota: ACLU Takes Aim at Another Misleading Voter ID Ballot Initiative

By Jon Sherman, Voting Rights Project & Teresa Nelson, ACLU of Minnesota at 1:46pm

Shannon Doty is a 28-year-old resident of Minnesota and a member of the Wisconsin National Guard. She is currently serving her country as a combat medic in Afghanistan, and while deployed, Shannon may very well become one of thousands of disfranchised…

Infographic: The Facts About Voter Suppression

Infographic: The Facts About Voter Suppression

By Elizabeth Beresford, ACLU at 5:18pm

Learn more about how the attack on the right to vote disproportionately impacts minority voters.

Protecting the Right to Vote: A Moral Imperative

Protecting the Right to Vote: A Moral Imperative

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:57pm

In response to voter suppression laws passed across the country, Attorney General Eric Holder said he is committed to protecting all Americans’ right to vote.

ACLU Testifies at Voter Suppression Forum on the Hill

ACLU Testifies at Voter Suppression Forum on the Hill

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 1:40pm

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives held a forum on Monday to shine a light on recent regressive voting laws throughout the country.

Laura W. Murphy, director of ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, reminded the panel that…

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!…
Restoring the Heartbeat of the Voting Rights Act

Restoring the Heartbeat of the Voting Rights Act

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Tyler Ray, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:18pm

Today, The Hill's Congress Blog posted a commentary on the importance of Congress improving and passing the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014. Below is an excerpt from the piece, and the full commentary is available here.

"When the Supreme…

Democracy Can't Wait

Democracy Can't Wait

By Dale Ho, Director, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 9:53am

Today, the state of North Carolina will try to convince a judge to postpone a trial concerning the country's worst voter suppression law until after the 2014 midterm elections.

Ohio Legislature Bent on Making Voting Harder

Ohio Legislature Bent on Making Voting Harder

By Nick Worner, ACLU of Ohio at 12:33pm

Below is an excerpt from The Columbus Dispatch:

It’s no big secret that manipulating voting laws is a partisan blood sport in Ohio. The controversies of 2004 are the stuff of legend, and in 2012 we saw a voting bill so obviously partisan…