Blog of Rights

Core Civil Liberties Threatened in State Legislatures: Three Trends to Watch

State legislatures are ground zero in the fight for civil liberties. Although they may not attract as much attention as debates in Congress or arguments in the Supreme Court, they are the source of unprecedented assaults on our most fundamental rights.
We Must Honor the Legacy of Selma Foot Soldiers by Repairing What They Fought For

We Must Honor the Legacy of Selma Foot Soldiers by Repairing What They Fought For

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:53pm

In an important moment of bipartisanship, Congress unanimously passed a bill this month that honors the thousands of people who marched for voting rights 50 years ago in Selma, Alabama, with the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest civilian…

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For Early Voting, One Size Doesn't Fit All

By Sean J. Young, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 12:08pm

What if the government forced all clothing stores to sell only extra-small T-shirts? And what if this happened because some politicians concluded consumers should be treated "uniformly" when it came to shopping options and decided that consumers should…

Voter Registration is Good for Your Health

Voter Registration is Good for Your Health

By Faith Barksdale, Legal Assistant, ACLU at 12:00am

Are voter registration opportunities good medicine? For the one-third of uninsured Americans who are also not registered to vote it would appear so. When people sign up for health care through the Affordable Care Act, they should also have the opportunity…

Millions of Americans Are Cut Out of Our Democracy

Millions of Americans Are Cut Out of Our Democracy

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 2:53pm

On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his support for restoring voting rights to citizens who have committed a felony, once they have served their prison term, completed parole or probation, and paid any restitution fines. While the ACLU…

Kansas Voters Deserve Equality

Kansas Voters Deserve Equality

By Molly Rugg, Paralegal, ACLU at 12:18pm

According to the state of Kansas, some voters are qualified to vote for President, but not for Governor or Secretary of State.

Why? The state has set up a two-tiered system for voter registration, arbitrarily separating voters into two unequal…

Voter Suppression is a Badder, Broader, More Bigoted Problem Than Just This Guy

Voter Suppression is a Badder, Broader, More Bigoted Problem Than Just This Guy

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 2:48pm

On The Daily Show Wednesday, we had the misfortune of hearing from North Carolina GOP executive committee member Don Yelton, whose despicable comments on North Carolina's new voter suppression law included "if it hurts a bunch of lazy Blacks that want…

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...

In North Carolina and Across the Nation, The Voting Rights Act is Still Necessary

In North Carolina and Across the Nation, The Voting Rights Act is Still Necessary

By Chris Brook, Legal Director, ACLU of North Carolina at 2:19pm

The right of every eligible citizen to cast a ballot and participate in the democratic process is one of the most deeply held American values. But, as any observer of history knows, that right has not always been extended equally in North Carolina…