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 the Voting Rights Act to Congress.
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.

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…

Colbert: Voting Advocates Destroying America

Colbert: Voting Advocates Destroying America

By Steve Gosset, ACLU at 9:53am

Did you hear the one about the Florida teacher who registered students to vote but was fined $1,000 when she didn’t turn the forms in right away?

Actually, it’s no joke. Then again, it might be, as Stephen Colbert was good enough…

Willing to Die for Their Country, But Unable to Vote in It

Willing to Die for Their Country, But Unable to Vote in It

By Jon Sherman, Voting Rights Project at 4:36pm

One veteran told us: "If I can serve my country, I should be able to vote for who runs it."

"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…