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.

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 "swing states," is not immune. In June 2011, state legislators passed House Bill 194, which would severely limit voters' access to the ballot box by limiting early voting, prohibiting poll workers from assisting voters completing election forms and ballots and making it more difficult for local boards of elections to promote early voting to all registered voters.
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…

"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…

"If You Get It Young, You'll Vote Your Whole Life"

"If You Get It Young, You'll Vote Your Whole Life"

By Dawn Quarles, Dawn Quarles at 12:12pm

A Florida high school teacher talks about how Florida's new law restricting third parties from registering voters suppresses registration among young people.

Florida Sets the Stage: U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Field Hearing on State's Regressive Voting Laws

Florida Sets the Stage: U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Field Hearing on State's Regressive Voting Laws

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Howard L. Simon, ACLU of Florida at 2:24pm

With Florida’s primary just days away, all eyes are on the Sunshine State. And in an effort to shine a light on the state’s new regressive voting laws, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights,…

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…

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