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"On Account of Race or Color": A New Front Opens in the Fight Against Wisconsin's Voter ID Law

"On Account of Race or Color": A New Front Opens in the Fight Against Wisconsin's Voter ID Law

By Jon Sherman, Voting Rights Project at 3:20pm
We went back to federal court in Wisconsin today to add charges that the state's voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act.
A Legacy of Civil Rights Is at Risk

A Legacy of Civil Rights Is at Risk

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:48pm

A growing number of states have enacted laws that will suppress voting, yet the minority community has uttered little protest

The Conspiracy to Expand Democracy

The Conspiracy to Expand Democracy

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 4:52pm

Even though we pride ourselves as a beacon of democracy around the world, a recent Pew Report revealed that we are falling far short of our ideals. We are one of the few democratic nations in the world that imposes on voters the burden of registration.…

Working in Communities Still Brings Me Joy

Working in Communities Still Brings Me Joy

By Nsombi Lambright, ACLU of Mississippi at 3:24pm

Working directly in communities centers me and reminds me what this work is all about.

Let Eileen Vote.

Let Eileen Vote.

By Nicole Kief, ACLU & Robert Doody, ACLU of South Dakota at 5:04pm

What’s new in voter suppression land today? South Dakota is trying to prevent Eileen Janis — and hundreds of other citizens — from voting.

Eileen grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and does suicide prevention…

Under the Radar: South Carolina Rushes Through Yet another Voter Suppression Bill

Under the Radar: South Carolina Rushes Through Yet another Voter Suppression Bill

By Katie O'Connor, Voting Rights Project at 3:18pm

The dust has barely settled in South Carolina since the Department of Justice refused to approve the state’s voter ID law, a discriminatory measure which would disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters, many of them African-American, elderly…

"If You Get It Young, You'll Vote Your Whole Life"

"If You Get It Young, You'll Vote Your Whole Life"

By Dawn Quarles, Dawn Quarles at 12:12pm

A Florida high school teacher talks about how Florida's new law restricting third parties from registering voters suppresses registration among young people.

Some Observations on Voter Registration in Florida

Some Observations on Voter Registration in Florida

By Alisa Roth, ACLU at 4:22pm

Terrifying is not a word I’d use to describe myself. I don’t even think it’s a word most other people would use to describe me. But I guess it all depends on your perspective.

I was in East Tampa, Florida a few weeks before…

Florida Sets the Stage: U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Field Hearing on State's Regressive Voting Laws

Florida Sets the Stage: U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Field Hearing on State's Regressive Voting Laws

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Howard L. Simon, ACLU of Florida at 2:24pm

With Florida’s primary just days away, all eyes are on the Sunshine State. And in an effort to shine a light on the state’s new regressive voting laws, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights,…

Poll and <em>Post</em> Agree: Criminal Disfranchisement Laws Are Unjust

Poll and Post Agree: Criminal Disfranchisement Laws Are Unjust

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 4:49pm

Criminal disfranchisement proved to be a hot issue in the Republican presidential debates recently, leading to a CNN poll asking, “Should felons be allowed to vote after serving their sentences?”

The results showed that the…