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No Pictures Please: Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Put on Hold

No Pictures Please: Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Put on Hold

By Steve Gosset, ACLU at 7:30pm
In a victory for Pennsylvania voters, a state judge today halted the enforcement of the state’s voter ID law, which threatened to disenfranchise thousands of elderly residents, students, the homeless and communities of color this November. 
Election 2012: Let Me Vote

Election 2012: Let Me Vote

By Elizabeth Beresford, ACLU at 5:16pm

Do you know what you need in order to vote this year? How about your grandmother? Or your neighbor?  

With a pivotal election less than two months away, we’re launching “Let Me Vote,” a nationwide voting rights campaign…

South Carolina Doesn’t Need a Voter ID Law

South Carolina Doesn’t Need a Voter ID Law

As a former South Carolina State Election Commissioner, I hope that the U.S. District Court will see the new South Carolina voter ID law for what it is and block its implementation.

ACLU Lens: Federal Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law

ACLU Lens: Federal Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law

By Vesna Jaksic, ACLU at 2:46pm

A federal court today struck Texas’s discriminatory voter ID law, which would have prevented many eligible citizens from exercising their fundamental right to vote. 

The ACLU had intervened in the case in order to represent individuals…

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…

Sorry, We’re Closed: Some Ohio Counties Opt Against Extra Early Voting Hours

Sorry, We’re Closed: Some Ohio Counties Opt Against Extra Early Voting Hours

By Mike Brickner, ACLU of Ohio at 4:59pm

Ohio elections are once again making national news, but not exactly in the way we’d hoped. County Boards of Elections are deciding whether they will be open extended hours on evenings and weekends for early in-person voting. In 2008, many counties,…

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…

Déjà Vu All Over Again: Florida’s Latest Attempt to Purge Voters from the Rolls

Déjà Vu All Over Again: Florida’s Latest Attempt to Purge Voters from the Rolls

By Katie O'Connor, Voting Rights Project at 5:20pm

The ACLU and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights filed suit today in federal district court in Florida challenging the state’s latest attack on voting rights: purging voters from voter registration rolls.

In May of this year,…

Voter Suppression is an LGBT Rights Issue – Just Ask Asher

Voter Suppression is an LGBT Rights Issue – Just Ask Asher

By Patrick DePoy, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:05am

Like many Americans, Asher Schor is excited to vote this coming November. Asher was born and raised in Pittsburgh, works at a public interest law firm, and feels more motivated than ever to participate in the electoral process. But Asher…