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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- 2015 Voter Empowerment Pocket Card – English (Ingles)
- 2015 Voter Empowerment Pocket Card – Spanish (Español)
- 2015 Voter Rights Flyer – English (Ingles)
- 2015 Voter Rights Flyer – Spanish (Español)
- 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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
In the Courts
State Residency Requirement for Petition Circulators read more »