Voter Suppression

Voting rights are under attack in this country. States are making it harder for people to vote as legislatures pass voter suppression laws under the pretext of preventing voter fraud and safeguarding election integrity. These regressive laws take many forms and pose significant barriers for eligible voters trying to exercise their most fundamental constitutional right.

Millions Severed From the Body Politic

Millions Severed From the Body Politic

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:43pm
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march for voting rights and the passage of the Voting Rights Act.  In this historic year, as we work to strengthen and update the law that protects voters of color at the polls, it is important to remember another ongoing denial of this most fundamental right. An estimated 5.85 million citizens cannot vote as a result of criminal convictions. Nearly 4.4 million of those have been released from prison and are living and working in our communities, yet they are denied a political voice. 
Remembering the Sacrifices of Selma by Fulfilling its Promise

Remembering the Sacrifices of Selma by Fulfilling its Promise

By Dale Ho, Director, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 12:14pm

On March 7 and 8, ACLU joined more than 80,000 Americans in Selma, Ala., to commemorate those who marched and risked their lives in Selma 50 years ago. Their bravery led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Being in this crowd commemorating…

50 Years After MLK's Selma March, We're Still Fighting For Voting Rights

50 Years After MLK's Selma March, We're Still Fighting For Voting Rights

By Molly Rugg, Paralegal, ACLU at 4:07pm

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to demonstrate how vitally important it was that black Americans be able to exercise their fundamental right to vote. In Selma,…

For Some Convicted of Drug Offenses, the Punishment Never Ends

For Some Convicted of Drug Offenses, the Punishment Never Ends

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 4:42pm

Mass incarceration not only destroys families and mangles communities, it slowly erodes our democracy. Too many Americans convicted of nonviolent offenses, such as drug crimes, are punished with excessive prison sentences and then permanently ejected…

I Was Arrested for Voting

I Was Arrested for Voting

By Kelli Jo Griffin at 12:01pm

On Election Day in 2013, I took my four children with me to watch me register to vote and cast my ballot in a city election in my small town in Iowa. Earlier that day, my daughter's class learned about the meaning of democracy and the importance of…

Voters Tell Politicians, "Just Let Us Vote"

Voters Tell Politicians, "Just Let Us Vote"

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 4:25pm

We've seen a wave of voter suppression laws across the country in recent years, which many have rightly characterized as a cynical attempt by politicians to manipulate the rules of the game.

Yesterday, however, we heard directly from voters…

Blacking Out the Vote

Blacking Out the Vote

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:51am

This was originally posted on The Huffington Post.

Voters are facing an ugly surprise on their way to the voting booth on Tuesday. What most people don't realize is that since 2006, some 34 state legislatures have worked diligently to chip…

Today in Voter Suppression: Wisconsin Edition

Today in Voter Suppression: Wisconsin Edition

By Faith Barksdale, Legal Assistant, ACLU at 11:38am

Why does the state of Wisconsin want voter ID for voters? It's not to prevent voter fraud--- there have been ZERO instances of in-person voter fraud, which the state's 2011 voter ID law purports to address. Instead, it disenfranchises voters who aren't…

Putting the Brakes on Voter Suppression in North Carolina

Putting the Brakes on Voter Suppression in North Carolina

By Molly Rugg, Paralegal, ACLU at 11:35am

Voters get to decide who represents them, but elected officials don't get to decide which eligible voters can and can't vote. Right?

Elected officials in North Carolina think otherwise.

In August, Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law that…

2014: The Voting Rights Spring

2014: The Voting Rights Spring

By Dale Ho, Director, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 12:45pm

It's been 50 years since Freedom Summer -- when civil rights activists from around the country converged on Mississippi for a massive voter registration campaign.

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