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. 
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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

History Repeats Itself:  Why Is South Dakota Denying American Indians an Equal Opportunity to Vote?

History Repeats Itself: Why Is South Dakota Denying American Indians an Equal Opportunity to Vote?

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 11:16am

Every election, South Dakota voters have 46 days when they can vote early, which makes it easier for people to take part in our democracy. But the rules appear to be different for American Indian voters living on reservations in the state—at least…

Unsettling Questions About Voting Machines In Ohio

Unsettling Questions About Voting Machines In Ohio

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 1:46pm

As America heads to the polls to elect the next president, stories are circulating about, and a lawsuit has been filed over, a last-minute software patch apparently being installed on voting tabulation machines in Ohio, as described in a secret contract…

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Court Rejects "License to Discriminate" in Wisconsin

By Sean J. Young, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 5:00pm

When I was growing up as a kid in the '80s, many of my peers spent their summers on socially-enriching activities, like playing outdoors. I, however, spent most of my summers in front of the TV, watching daytime game shows (I'm an old soul) and, of…

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