The ACLU of Virginia protects the right to register and vote, and promotes racial equality in the electoral process.
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. Unfortunately on July 22, 2016, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that the Governor could not restore the voting rights of those formerly convicted with one executive order. The Governor has decided to individually restore the voting rights of the 206,000 disenfranchised Virginians. Click here for more on How To Restore Your Rights.
2016 Voters’ Rights Information
- 2016 Voter Empowerment Pocket Card – English (Ingles)
- 2016 Voter Empowerment Pocket Card – Spanish (Español)
- 2016 Voter Rights Flyer – English
- Check your voter registration status (link to the Department of Elections site opens in a new window)
- Register to vote online (link to the Department of Elections site opens in a new window)
- Print and mail in the Department of Elections’ Voter Registration Application (pdf)
- Virginia Absentee Ballot Application (pdf)
- Virginia Annual Absentee Ballot Application (for permanent residents of Virginia who are unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability) (pdf)
- Department of Elections Website (link opens in new window)
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
EXCERPT: Stew understood the core essence of the ACLU’s principles like very few people – that an open and compassionate mind combined with a strong sense of the value of individual rights and opinion will yield the best result in most situations. read more »
ACLU-VA Comment on Va. Supreme Court Rejection of Attempt to Hold Gov. McAuliffe in Contempt for Restoration of Rights
QUICK QUOTE: "We hope the Supreme Court of Virginia’s prompt rejection of the most recent effort to erect barriers to voting will put an end to such activities for this year." read more »
BLOG: We hope that the Court’s ruling will discourage Virginia’s General Assembly from enacting further limitations on the exercise of the franchise in Virginia, and encourage the legislature instead to consider passing laws that would open up access to the ballot box for all Virginians. read more »
STATEMENT: The court’s decision is disappointing but we remain committed to the principled goal of restoring voting and other rights to ex-offenders who have paid their debt to society. read more »
In the Courts
State Residency Requirement for Petition Circulators read more »