Voting Rights

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ACLU Fights to Secure Voting Rights for Formerly Incarcerated in Florida

The civil rights group seeks to remove wealth-based hurdles to voting.

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Despite the SCOTUS' Trash Gerrymandering Decision, All Is Not Lost

The Supreme Court ruled that federal courts can’t intervene in cases where political parties blatantly manipulate district maps to their advantage. But there are alternatives to fight partisan gerrymandering.

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How An Antiquated Reading of the Law Prevents the Formerly Incarcerated From Voting in Georgia

State officials maintain a strict interpretation of the law, which prevents voting by anyone convicted of a “felony involving moral turpitude.”

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Florida House Advances Bill That Would Limit Voting Rights for Formerly Incarcerated

Will formerly incarcerated Florida residents be forced to pay fees before their voting rights are restored?

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WATCH: New Doc Shows How Gerrymandering Suppresses Black Votes in North Carolina

“Crooked Lines” explains how lawmakers design voting districts to influence elections and keep Black voters from electing their preferred candidates.

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People Of Color Are Still Being Locked Out of the Democratic Process

A new report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights reinforces what many already know: the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act made it easier for states to discriminate at the voting booth.

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ICE Requests Millions of North Carolina Voting Records

State officials say complying with the request will prevent them from preparing for the general election. Critics say the request is brazen attempt to suppress voting rights for people of color.

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Reject Racism Campaign Pressures Tech Giants to Skip North Carolina

“One way Amazon and Apple can demonstrate a real commitment to espoused values of diversity is by making it clear that they won’t move their headquarters to a state that is rapidly sliding backward on racial oppression and voting rights.”

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How You Can Make the Most of the 2018 Midterm Elections

From registering to voting to advocating for the rights of others, these tools have you covered.

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New York Governor Restores Voting Rights to Parolees

An estimated 35,000 residents, overwhelmingly Black and Latinx, stand to benefit from Andrew Cuomo’s executive order.

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Federal Judge: Florida's Voting Ban for Formerly Incarcerated People is Unconstitutional

The judge said that civil rights cannot be withheld based on “partisan, religious or racial bias.”

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Immigrant and Voting Rights Activists Shut Down NYC-NJ Bridge in #SomosVisible Campaign

Ten people successfully blocked traffic on the George Washington Bridge during rush hour. 

Virginia's Governor is Restoring Ex-Offenders' Voting Rights One by One

Terry McAuliffe: “The struggle for civil rights has always been a long and difficult one, but the fight goes on.”

Virginia Gov Restores Voting Rights to 200,000+ Formerly Incarcerated

Governor Terry McAuliffe: “If we are going to build a stronger and more equal Virginia, we must break down barriers to participation in civic life for people who return to society seeking a second chance.”

Lawsuit Says Ohio Secretary of State Illegally Disenfranchised Registered Voters

The ACLU and Demos allege that Jon Husted violated the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 when he purged 2 million people from the state’s voter rolls.

SCOTUS Unanimously Affirms 'One Person, One Vote' Principle

In an 8-0 decision, the Supreme Court affirmed that nonvoters should continue to be counted when dividing up congressional districts. This is a big voting rights win for people of color.

SCOTUS Just Heard 2 Cases That Could Redefine Voting Rights in America

If the challengers have their way, the “one person, one vote” principle will ignore millions of Americans.

California Will Now Automatically Register Citizens to Vote

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla: “Citizens should not be required to opt in to their fundamental right to vote. We do not have to opt in to other rights, such as free speech or due process.”

Virginia Governor Says Ex-Offenders No Longer Have To Pay To Restore Voting Rights, Likens Old Policy to Poll Taxes

Ex-offenders in Virginia no longer have to pay court costs and fees before regaining right to vote, hold office or serve on a jury.

Hillary Clinton Calls For Sweeping Voting Reform

Hillary Clinton calls for an overhaul of American voting system, including automatic universal registration.