Voting Rights


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 1-804-644-8080 or email us your story to



Voting Rights Restoration Information

On April 22, 2016, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order that restored the civil rights of all Virginians with a prior felony conviction who have completed the terms of incarceration and have been released from supervised probation or parole.  Click here for more on How To Restore Your Rights.

2015 Voters’ Rights Information

The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015

Check out this video featuring ACLU of Virginia Board member Dr. Howard Gholson as he and others reflect on the state of voting rights in Virginia during the 1960s.

News & Commentary

ACLU-VA Applauds Restoration of Voting Rights

NEWS RELEASE: The ACLU of Virginia welcomes Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order today that restores the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of Virginians convicted of felonies but who have completed their sentences. read more »

ACLU of Virginia Asks Governor to Restore Voting Rights

NEWS RELEASE: In a letter sent to the governor on Monday, ACLU-VA Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga urged him to issue an executive order immediately that would restore rights to all persons convicted of felonies who have completed their sentences or are released from parole. read more »

ACLU-VA on GOP Voter Pledge: “Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right”

NEWS RELEASE: If there is an affirmation requirement, it must be equally applicable to all voters regardless of when they vote (early or late in the process). read more »

ACLU Available to Assist Voters Denied Poll Access

PRESS RELEASE: Virginia voters who are denied access or have other problems at the polls this Election Day are encouraged to call or write the ACLU of Virginia for help. 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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