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Remembering Dr. King's Defense of Voting Rights

Remembering Dr. King's Defense of Voting Rights

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 10:25am
During the summer of 1964, a coalition of civil rights groups and almost a thousand student volunteers converged in Mississippi to register African-American voters.  The “Mississippi Summer Project” was met with unrelenting violence: 1,000 arrests, 35 shootings, 30 bombed buildings, 35 burned churches, 80 beatings, and at least six murders.  The following year, to sustain the focus on the plight of African-American voters in the South, civil rights leaders marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.  On March 25, 1965, the final day of the march, Martin Luther King Jr. vowed to continue fighting for the right to vote, earn, and learn—all without racial barriers:
The Democracy Restoration Act: Creating A Broader and More Just Base of Voter Participation

The Democracy Restoration Act: Creating A Broader and More Just Base of Voter Participation

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:59pm

Jessica Chiappone was convicted of a nonviolent drug offense. Since serving her prison sentence, she has turned her life around, completed law school and hopes to become a public defender. But because of her felony conviction, Jessica is unable to vote, hold public office or sit on a jury – all requirements for admission to the Florida Bar.

Out in the Cold at Age 84: Wisconsin's Ruthelle Frank Fights for Her Right to Vote

Out in the Cold at Age 84: Wisconsin's Ruthelle Frank Fights for Her Right to Vote

By Jon Sherman, Voting Rights Project at 11:39am

Ruthelle Frank has been voting since 1948, but Wisconsin's new photo ID law could prevent her from voting at the next election.

Don't Shrink Our Democracy

Don't Shrink Our Democracy

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 3:30pm

Voter suppression tactics of the past, such as poll taxes and literacy tests, have given way to voter ID laws and elimination of same-day voter registration.

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…

Democracy Tarnished in the Silver State

By Nicole Kief, ACLU & Rebecca Gasca, ACLU of Nevada at 6:01pm

We had hoped that, amidst a sea of restrictive voting initiatives across the country, Nevada would be a beacon of light. But today, with a stroke of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s pen, the Silver State jumped on the voter suppression bandwagon.

Right…

Minnesota Stands Up for Voters

By Carolyn Jackson, ACLU of Minnesota at 11:57am

Last week we told you about the rash of photo-ID-to-vote bills popping up around the country, which will do nothing but prevent countless Americans from voting.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach argued recently in the Wall Street Journal…

A New Literacy Test in Virginia?

By Kent Willis, ACLU of Virginia at 12:28pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

It has recently come to light that after taking office, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell quietly instituted a new process to make it even harder for individuals with nonviolent felony convictions to have their voting…

Fighting for Voting Rights for All Americans

By Rachel Bloom, ACLU at 12:39pm

Today marks the second day of a two-day United Nations forum on "minorities and effective political participation." Chaired by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), the forum has attracted legislators, academics and members of the nongovernmental…

Indiana's Voter ID Law Discriminates Against Citizens at the Polls

By Meredith Bell-Platts, Voting Rights Project at 1:02pm

Voting rights cases extol the right to vote as fundamental and preservative of all rights. Indeed, the right to vote without regard to race, gender, age, or class is protected by numerous constitutional amendments and federal laws. Therefore, Indiana's…