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Two Years After Gutting the Voting Rights Act: What’s the Damage?

BLOG: It’s been two years since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the most powerful tool in the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The decision, Shelby County v. Holder, struck down Section 5, the pre-clearance formula---a provision that spent nearly 50 years stopping and deterring discriminatory voting measures in their tracks in jurisdictions with a history of nefarious voting practices. read more »

The Good and the Bad of the 2015 General Assembly Session

BLOG: It’s a wrap. After four months of advocacy before the General Assembly and Governor’s office, we can finally report how Virginians’ rights fared during the 2015 General Assembly Session. We had some major victories, but also some disappointing losses. read more »

Here’s What We Asked the Governor to Sign, Amend, or Veto

BLOG: The 2015 General Assembly isn’t over yet. Last Friday, we sent letters to Governor McAuliffe urging him to sign, amend, or veto certain legislation passed during the legislative session. The Governor has until midnight on March 29th to act. read more »

Ground Hog Day: General Assembly Fails on Restoration of Rights Again

BLOG: The Virginia General Assembly is beginning to resemble Bill Murray’s movie Ground Hog Day! Every year, the ACLU of Virginia lobbies to ensure the fundamental right to vote for all eligible Virginians. And, every year the results are very much the same! Instead of ensuring the right to vote, the General Assembly goes in the opposite direction, year after year. read more »

Election Day Aftermath: Does Virginia’s Photo ID Law Undermine the Right to Vote?

BLOG: Even before all votes were cast, there were numerous reports from supporters of the mandatory photo ID law proclaiming the inaugural test successful. read more »

Baluarte: 3 questions for the ACLU

OP ED: David Baluarte, a clinical professor of law at Washington and Lee Law School, recently joined the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia. The Roanoke Times had these questions for him. read more »

Tweet Chat Blog Series: Virginia’s Photo ID Goes into Effect Next Month – is it Ready?

(06/17/2014) Virginia’s new voter photo ID law takes effect on July 1, but we’re not sure state and local election officials are ready to fully implement the law. read more »

Let’s Ensure Everyone Has Access to the Ballot!

(05/09/2014) As we wrote last week, starting July 1, 2014 you’ll need a photo ID to vote. And, as with many things, the devil is in the details. In this case, we’re talking about the process to ensure that any Virginia voter who will need a free ID will be able to get one. read more »

Questions about Virginia’s NEW Voter Photo ID Law? Tweet us!

(04/22/2014) Starting July 1, 2014 you’ll need a photo ID to vote. What photo IDs are acceptable? How can you get one for free? We’ll be answering these and other voting rights questions tomorrow at noon during our weekly #libertychatVA on Twitter. Tell your friends and tweet us your questions! read more »

Governor McAuliffe – It’s Past Time to End Virginia’s Felon Disenfranchisement!

(02/17/2014) This past week the nation’s top attorney, Eric Holder, spoke eloquently about the debilitating harms caused by felon disenfranchisement laws. Attorney General Holder called such laws “unnecessary and unjust” and based on "centuries-old conceptions of justice that were too often based on exclusion, animus, and fear." We agree! read more »

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