Voting Rights


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






Voting Rights Restoration Information

In May 2013, Governor McDonnell announced an expedited rights restoration process for non-violent felons. Click here for more on How To Restore Your Rights.

2013 Voters’ Rights Information



News & Commentary

Governor McAuliffe Announces Significant Reforms to Restoration of Rights Policy

Richmond, VA -- Today, Governor McAuliffe announced two important reforms to the restoration of civil rights process. First, all drug offenses will be considered non-violent instead of violent offenses, and processed under the less onerous criteria for restoration of rights. Second, the mandatory five year waiting period for individuals convicted of violent felonies has been reduced to three years. read more »

2014 Virginia Legislative Session Provides Mixed Results for Civil Liberties

The 2014 Session of the Virginia General Assembly left the ACLU of Virginia and its 10,000 members and supporters with little reason to cheer and significant reason to worry about the state of civil liberties in the Commonwealth when the General Assembly adjourns sine die read more »

Governor McAuliffe – It’s Past Time to End Virginia’s Felon Disenfranchisement!

(02/17/2014) This past week the nation’s top attorney, Eric Holder, spoke eloquently about the debilitating harms caused by felon disenfranchisement laws. Attorney General Holder called such laws “unnecessary and unjust” and based on "centuries-old conceptions of justice that were too often based on exclusion, animus, and fear." We agree! read more »

ACLU of Virginia Releases 2014 General Assembly Session Policy Priorities

Richmond, VA -- The ACLU of Virginia today released its 2014 General Assembly Session policy priorities by hand-delivery to all legislator offices. 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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