The ACLU of Virginia protects the right to register and vote, and promotes racial equality in the electoral process.
Did you have photo ID problems on Election Day? The ACLU of Virginia wants to hear from you. Please call 1-800-678-9885 or email us your story to email@example.com.
Voting Rights Restoration Information
In April 2014, Governor McAuliffe announced new significant reforms to the restoration of rights process. Click here for more on How To Restore Your Rights.
2014 Voters’ Rights Information
- 2014 Voters’ Rights Flyer – English (pdf)
- 2014 Voter Empowerment Card – English (pdf)
- 2014 Voter Empowerment Card – Spanish (pdf)
- Check your voter registration status (link to the State Board of Elections site opens in a new window)
- Register to vote online (link to the State Board of Elections site opens in a new window)
- Print and mail in the State Board of Elections’ Voter Registration Application (pdf)
- Virginia Absentee Ballot Application (pdf)
- State Board of Elections Website (link opens in new window)
News & Commentary
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 »
PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia today sent a letter to Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) Chair John Whitbeck urging the party to reject a proposal to charge delegates a fee to vote in a convention to nominate a presidential candidate in 2016. The fee would be unlawful under the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution, both of which prohibit poll taxes, said the ACLU. read more »
PRESS RELEASE: Following requests from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia to Governor McAuliffe and former Governor McDonnell, today the McAuliffe administration announced the removal of the requirement that individuals with a felony conviction pay their fees, fines, and restitution costs before becoming eligible to have their voting rights restored. read more »
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 »
In the Courts
State Residency Requirement for Petition Circulators read more »