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In North Carolina and Across the Nation, The Voting Rights Act is Still Necessary

In North Carolina and Across the Nation, The Voting Rights Act is Still Necessary

By Chris Brook, Legal Director, ACLU of North Carolina at 2:19pm
The right of every eligible citizen to cast a ballot and participate in the democratic process is one of the most deeply held American values. But, as any observer of history knows, that right has not always been extended equally in North Carolina or across the nation, particularly to African-Americans and other voters of color. In 1965, efforts to suppress the votes of minorities, particularly in the South, led the United States Congress to pass the historic Voting Rights Act (VRA), which has, for generations, been used to ensure that elections are free, fair, and accessible to all eligible voters.
The Supreme Court Hears More About the Right to Vote

The Supreme Court Hears More About the Right to Vote

By Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations, ACLU of Florida at 1:30pm

On Monday the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Arizona, et al. v. ITCA, Inc., et al., the second of two important voting rights cases that the Court will hear in less than a month involving Congress' authority to enact laws to increase access…

Don't Strike Down Section 5

Don't Strike Down Section 5

By Laughlin McDonald, Voting Rights Project at 5:20pm

Hans von Spakovsky, in his recent article in the National Review, “Strike Down Section 5,” gets it wrong when he says the Supreme Court should hold Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional in the case now pending before it, Shelby County,…

Mr. President, What Will Be Your Civil Rights Legacy?

Mr. President, What Will Be Your Civil Rights Legacy?

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:09am

Watching President Obama take the Oath of Office four years ago was a historic moment I will never forget.  I remember meeting him when he was an Illinois state senator...

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.

The court agreed…

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…

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…

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…