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

In June 2015, Governor McAuliffe announced new significant reforms to the restoration of rights process.  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 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 »

Restore Voting Rights through the Voting Rights Advancement Act!

BLOG: Today, we sent a letter to the entire Virginia Congressional delegation asking them to restore the Voting Rights Act by supporting the Voting Rights Advancement Act. read more »

Two Years After Gutting the Voting Rights Act: What’s the Damage?

BLOG: It’s been two years since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the most powerful tool in the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The decision, Shelby County v. Holder, struck down Section 5, the pre-clearance formula---a provision that spent nearly 50 years stopping and deterring discriminatory voting measures in their tracks in jurisdictions with a history of nefarious voting practices. read more »

ACLU Warns Republican Party of Virginia Not to Impose Poll Tax for Presidential Nomination

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia today sent a letter to Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) Chair John Whitbeck urging the party to reject a proposal to charge delegates a fee to vote in a convention to nominate a presidential candidate in 2016. The fee would be unlawful under the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution, both of which prohibit poll taxes, said the ACLU. 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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