Voting Rights

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.

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