Voter ID

Today, 30 states require voters to present identification to vote in federal, state and local elections. Many Americans do not have the necessary identification that these laws require, and face barriers to voting as a result. Research shows that more than 21 million Americans do not have government-issued photo identification; a disproportionate number of these Americans are low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, and elderly. Voter ID laws have the potential to deny the right to vote to thousands of registered voters who do not have, and, in many instances, cannot obtain the limited identification states accept for voting. Many of these Americans cannot afford to pay for the required documents needed to secure a government-issued photo ID. As such, these laws impede access to the polls and are at odds with the fundamental right to vote. Learn more >>

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…

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,…

This Week in Civil Liberties (5/4/2012)

This Week in Civil Liberties (5/4/2012)

By Rekha Arulanantham, ACLU at 4:41pm

What surveillance tool used by law enforcement could lead to nightmarish privacy infringement?

This week, the White House confirmed the existence of what program that has been kept secret by the CIA?

“Liking” on what social…

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.

Holder Stands Up for the Right to Vote

Holder Stands Up for the Right to Vote

By Elizabeth Beresford, ACLU at 4:21pm

Today’s excellent New York Times editorial rightfully praises Attorney General Eric Holder’s efforts this week to highlight the sanctity of the right to vote in America. In his speech from the Lyndon Baines Johnson presidential library…

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.

Voter ID Trial Day 7: Real Voters, Real Barriers

Voter ID Trial Day 7: Real Voters, Real Barriers

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 10:26am

Cross-posted from ACLU of Pennsylvania blog

Attorneys for the plaintiffs concluded their case today with video depositions of three elderly long-time voters, two of whom do not have valid ID and face significant challenges to getting to PennDOT…

Democracy — A Worthwhile Investment

By Katie O'Connor, Voting Rights Project at 5:04pm

Ninety-one years ago today, then-Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed a proclamation formally adopting the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. After over 70 years of fighting, women were finally guaranteed the right to vote.…

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