The ACLU protects the right to vote, which undergirds all of our other rights. We filed a lawsuit that ended the use of punch card voting machines, which were difficult to use, and thus disenfranchised many voters, and especially minority voters. We lobby against laws that would burden the right to vote, including a requirement of photographic identification in order to vote. We opposed the amendment to our state Constitution creating a mechanism to recall a governor, because its ballot access rule is based on counties – thereby diluting the power of voters in populous urban counties, while unduly strengthening the power of voters in less populous rural counties.
Late yesterday, a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit stayed a lower court order blocking Election Day voter registration at polling places in... Continue reading
Earlier today, U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan granted a motion to block Election Day voter registration at polling places in Illinois for the November general election. The decision comes... Continue reading
Chicago – Warning against the possible disenfranchisement of thousands of Illinois voters, five voting rights organizations today asked a federal court to preserve Election Day registration (EDR) in local polling... Continue reading
Spread the word: One of the proudest areas of work for the ACLU across the nation over the past several decades has been... Continue reading
In an opinion piece published in The Chicago Tribune, Cook County Clerk David Orr called for a new, automated and more efficient voter registration system that captures every eligible voter... Continue reading
The following is a statement from ACLU of Illinois Executive Director Colleen K. Connell: Today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States significantly weakens the Voting Rights Act... Continue reading