One of the proudest areas of work for the ACLU across the nation over the past several decades has been our efforts to expand the right to vote. In recent years, the ACLU has led the fight against voter suppression efforts, including recent litigation in neighboring Wisconsin to challenge that state’s discriminatory “voter identification” law.
When you go to the polls this year in Illinois—and early voting already is underway—you have the ability to protect the right to vote. A non-partisan question on the Illinois ballot poses a straightforward question to voters. The proposal would amend the Illinois Constitution to explicitly state that no person can be denied the right to register to vote or cast a ballot based on race, color, ethnicity, status as a member of a language minority, sex, sexual orientation or income.
The ACLU of Illinois urges you to support this question when you vote in November. And, we hope you will talk with our family members, friends and others in your extended circle about the importance of protecting voting rights today.