Blog of Rights

Let's March On: Protecting the Right to Vote in 2012

Let's March On: Protecting the Right to Vote in 2012

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:33pm

Today marks the 47th anniversary of the fateful march from Selma to Montgomery, which began with the horrors of Bloody Sunday, and concluded with a rally and speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., only days after President Lyndon B. Johnson submitted…

Ohio Poised to Roll Back Dangerous Voter Suppression Law

Ohio Poised to Roll Back Dangerous Voter Suppression Law

By Mike Brickner, ACLU of Ohio at 3:00pm

It's Super Tuesday and as voters go to the polls in Ohio today, we're reminded that in recent months, the nation has seen a tidal wave of legislation seemingly coordinated to keep some voters away from the ballot box. Ohio, as one of the perennial…

Government Steps Up to Block Voter Suppression in South Carolina

Government Steps Up to Block Voter Suppression in South Carolina

By Steve Gosset, ACLU at 11:50am

There were eight states this year that passed some version of a law requiring photo identification for all voters. South Carolina was one of them, but hopefully not for long.

The Department of Justice on Friday blocked South Carolina’s…

In the End, Gov. McDonnell Actually Improves Voting Rights for People with Felony Convictions in Virginia

By Kent Willis, ACLU of Virginia at 4:51pm

Remember when Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, after declaring April Confederate History Month and not mentioning slavery, messed up again by making Virginia's felony disfranchisement policy even stricter? Even though Virginia already has the harshest…

Court Delivers Setback for Indian Voting Rights

By Bryan Sells, Voting Rights Project at 12:46pm

Martin is a small city in southwestern South Dakota. It lies at the center of Bennett County, which is surrounded to the north and west by the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and to the east by the Rosebud Reservation. Indians make up approximately…

Happy National Voter Registration Day (Unless You Live in Kansas)

Happy National Voter Registration Day (Unless You Live in Kansas)

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 5:29pm

Today is National Voter Registration Day, a non-partisan celebration of the right to vote and a nationally-coordinated effort to register thousands of voters.  Unless, of course, you live in Kansas. 

While volunteers all over the…

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...

Voter ID Trial Day 3: Looking at the accessibility of voter IDs

Voter ID Trial Day 3: Looking at the accessibility of voter IDs

By Thad Eagles, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 11:28am

Wednesday marked the third day of witness testimony in the challenge to the state's voter ID law brought by the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia,Advancement Project, and the law firm of Arnold & Porter. It also…

Voter ID Trial Day 2: Voter ID By the Numbers

Voter ID Trial Day 2: Voter ID By the Numbers

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 2:38pm

Cross-posted from ACLU of Pennsylvania blog

Yesterday was a bonanza for data geeks, although not nearly so satisfying for those looking for a precise number of voters without valid ID for voting. By the end of the day it had become clear, however,…