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

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

Exciting Times Nationally for Voting Rights but Va. has a Long Way to Go

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 »

ACLU-VA Statement Regarding Va. Supreme Court Decision on Voting Rights Restoration

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 »

ACLU-VA Offers Expert Resources on Civil Rights Issues

NEWS RELEASE: The ACLU-VA is available to offer informational sessions, group trainings and expert sources for media interviews. read more »

ACLU-VA Supports Governor’s Restoration of Voting Rights; Files Brief Siding with Governor in Lawsuit

NEWS RELEASE – The ACLU of Virginia has sided with Governor Terry McAuliffe in a lawsuit filed against him to try to block the recent restoration of voting rights to 206,000 individuals convicted of a felony. In an amicus brief filed today with the Supreme Court of Virginia, the ACLU-VA argues that the governor has the authority under the Virginia Constitution to restore voting rights to individuals convicted of a felony by executive order and that his April 22 action doing so properly recognizes the importance of rehabilitation and reintegration of people who have completed their sentences after having been convicted of a crime. read more »

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In the Courts

Howell v. McAuliffe (amicus)

Restoration of Rights read more »

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 »

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