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 >>

Voter Suppression is an LGBT Rights Issue – Just Ask Asher

By Patrick DePoy, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:05am
Like many Americans, Asher Schor is excited to vote this coming November. Asher was born and raised in Pittsburgh, works at a public interest law firm, and feels … Read More

Wisconsin’s Recall Election: State Law Makes Voting An Uphill Battle for Young Voters

By Demelza Baer, Washington Legislative Office at 4:16pm
You remember Wisconsin, right? It’s the place where last year a battle over proposed budget cuts – that would reduce employee benefits and collective … Read More

From Missouri to Minnesota: ACLU Takes Aim at Another Misleading Voter ID Ballot Initiative

By Jon Sherman, Voting Rights Project & Teresa Nelson, ACLU of Minnesota at 1:46pm
Shannon Doty is a 28-year-old resident of Minnesota and a member of the Wisconsin National Guard. She is currently serving her country as a combat medic in … Read More

On the Agenda: Week of May 7-13, 2012

By Rekha Arulanantham, ACLU at 1:38pm
Congress is back, so we’re looking at a busy schedule this week. As we mentioned last week, this Wednesday the House Armed Services Committee will mark up this … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

Thousands of Pennsylvanians at Risk of Losing the Right to Vote

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 3:04pm
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the state’s discriminatory voter ID law. Read More

Infographic: The Facts About Voter Suppression

By Elizabeth Beresford, ACLU at 5:18pm
Learn more about how the attack on the right to vote disproportionately impacts minority voters. Read More

Let Ruthelle Vote

By Elizabeth Beresford, ACLU at 2:39pm
After multiple lawsuits, 84-year-old Ruthelle Frank was able to vote in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary. But she still might not be able to vote in November. Read More

Standing up for Voting Rights Again: DOJ Objects to Texas’ Discriminatory Voter ID Law

By Katie O’Connor, Voting Rights Project at 2:04pm
The Justice Department has objected to Texas’ proposed voter ID law, stopping the law before it goes into effect. Read More