Voting Rights


The ACLU of Virginia protects the right to register and vote, and promotes racial equality in the electoral process.

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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



News & Commentary

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 »

ACLU Warns Republican Party of Virginia Not to Impose Poll Tax for Presidential Nomination

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 »

Governor McAuliffe Implements ACLU of Virginia Recommendation to Remove Modern Day Poll Tax

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 »

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 »

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In the Courts

Libertarian Party of Virginia v. Judd

State Residency Requirement for Petition Circulators read more »

Perry v. Judd (amicus)

Ballot Access for Presidential Primary Candidates read more »

Gillette v. Weimer

Right to Vote Without ID read more »

Commonwealth v. Purdum

Right to Wear Buttons and T-shirts to the Polls-- Criminal Case read more »

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