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Déjà Vu All Over Again: Florida’s Latest Attempt to Purge Voters from the Rolls

Déjà Vu All Over Again: Florida’s Latest Attempt to Purge Voters from the Rolls

By Katie O'Connor, Voting Rights Project at 5:20pm
The ACLU and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights filed suit today in federal district court in Florida challenging the state’s latest attack on voting rights: purging voters from voter registration rolls.
Keeping Ohio’s Souls at the Polls: Sen. Durbin Holds Field Hearing on Ohio Voting Law

Keeping Ohio’s Souls at the Polls: Sen. Durbin Holds Field Hearing on Ohio Voting Law

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Mike Brickner, ACLU of Ohio at 11:30am

On Monday, May 7, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights will hold a field hearing in Cleveland, Ohio to examine the impact of Ohio’s new voting law, HB 194.

This Week in Civil Liberties (04/13/2012)

This Week in Civil Liberties (04/13/2012)

By Rekha Arulanantham, ACLU at 5:48pm

Which state recently passed the first bill in the nation that bans employers from asking for social media passwords?

Which Michigan agency has ended the practice of sexually abusive searches of women prisoners?

What constitutionally-guaranteed…

Take Your Souls to the Polls: Voting Early in Ohio

Take Your Souls to the Polls: Voting Early in Ohio

By Alisa Roth, ACLU at 6:22pm

It's Super Tuesday. Many Ohioans voted early, but early voting could be restricted if a bill pending in the legislature passes and cuts the early voting period by more than half.

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…

ACLU Lens: A Fight Far From Over: Julian Bond Stands Up Against the Latest Attacks on Voting Rights

ACLU Lens: A Fight Far From Over: Julian Bond Stands Up Against the Latest Attacks on Voting Rights

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 2:09pm

In Sunday’s issue of the Chicago Tribune, famed civil rights activist Julian Bond reminded us that expanding access to the ballot for all Americans has been a critical part of our country’s history.

No one knows this better than…

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.

Maine Votes "No" to Voter Suppression

Maine Votes "No" to Voter Suppression

By Shenna Bellows, ACLU of Maine at 4:59pm

Sixty percent of Mainers overwhelmingly endorsed Election Day Registration today. Voters in small towns and large in every county in the state cast a vote of confidence in the security and integrity of our election systems. Maine has enjoyed Election…

Limiting Voters' Choices in South Carolina

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 3:26pm

Imagine that you're looking for someone to hire at the company where you work. You go through resumes, research their references, and have them to the office for interviews. At the end of the process, you are confident that you've identified the…

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…