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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 believes rights should be restored automatically upon release from prison and being too poor to pay fines shouldn't leave you without a voice in our democracy, this is an important step in the right direction.
Photo ID Law on Trial in Pennsylvania: What’s at Stake for Our Democracy

Photo ID Law on Trial in Pennsylvania: What’s at Stake for Our Democracy

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 11:52am

Margaret Pennington, a 90-year-old Chester County resident and lifelong voter, votes by going to her polling place two blocks away.  She also no longer drives and depends on her daughter to take her around.  She lives about 25 miles away…

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…

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…

What's Wrong With this Picture?

What's Wrong With this Picture?

By Faith Barksdale, Legal Assistant, ACLU at 9:52am

How can people vote early if they can't get to their polling place? The answer is they can't.

But in Hamilton County, Ohio, following a vote to move the county's Board of Elections from its current location in densely-populated downtown Cincinnati,…

Pennsylvania Voter ID Victory

Pennsylvania Voter ID Victory

By Vic Walczak, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 4:22pm

The bad back that awakened me at 6 a.m. on this birthday morning and that spurred unpleasant thoughts of growing old dissipated in an instant with an email alert that our long-awaited decision in the voter ID had issued. I didn't have the opinion,…

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…

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…

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…

The Long and Short of Voting Lines in North Carolina

The Long and Short of Voting Lines in North Carolina

By Faith Barksdale, Legal Assistant, ACLU at 12:57pm

We know that cuts to early voting are bad for voters. But just how bad are they?

As part of our lawsuit against North Carolina's voter suppression bill, we asked Ted Allen, a professor of industrial engineering at Ohio State University, and…