Blog of Rights

ACLU Lens: U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Voting Rights Act Case

ACLU Lens: U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Voting Rights Act Case

By Vesna Jaksic, ACLU at 4:41pm
The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to review a case that challenges the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act, which has been a crucial tool for protecting the minority vote and ensuring equal access to the ballot box.
Who Really Won the Election?  Democracy Did.

Who Really Won the Election? Democracy Did.

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:00pm

On Tuesday, despite the massive hurdles put in front of voters since 2010 – citizens nonetheless, fought through voter suppression tactics, misinformation, long lines, then longer lies, and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to have their voices…

Unsettling Questions About Voting Machines In Ohio

Unsettling Questions About Voting Machines In Ohio

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 1:46pm

As America heads to the polls to elect the next president, stories are circulating about, and a lawsuit has been filed over, a last-minute software patch apparently being installed on voting tabulation machines in Ohio, as described in a secret contract…

Go Vote!

Go Vote!

By Vesna Jaksic, ACLU at 10:26am

Today is Election Day – an opportunity to exercise your right to vote, one of your most basic and cherished rights as an American. So wherever you live and whatever your political views, this is the time to have your say and participate in our…

Vote Your Values on Election Day -- State Legislative Style

Vote Your Values on Election Day -- State Legislative Style

By Sondra Goldschein, ACLU at 4:13pm

You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that there is a presidential election going on. And you’ve probably seen countless TV ads from members of Congress asking for your votes. But did you know that in 46 states, state legislators…

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. 

Judge…

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…