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Voting Rights Cases and Actions
Campaign Legal Center’s Restore Your Vote campaign is working in Iowa to help people with felony convictions restore their voting rights, train community leaders on the rights restoration process, and break down the false notion that a felony conviction means you can never vote again.
About 750,000 people are incarcerated in jails across the United States every day, most of whom retain their right to vote. Casting a ballot, however, can be difficult or impossible for these eligible voters simply because they are incarcerated. CLC uses advocacy and litigation to ensure eligible voters in jails have the ballot access they need to exercise their right to vote.
New York Immigration Coalition and partners are suing the Rensselaer County Board of Elections and several Rensselaer County officials over the County’s plan to improperly divulge voter registration information gathered by the Rensselaer County DMV to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in violation of both New York and federal law.
Most states restore the right to vote to people after they complete their sentences. In fact, up to 17 million Americans with past convictions can vote right now - they just don't know it because felony disenfranchisement laws in every state can be confusing. CLC launched a website, RestoreYourVote.org, and an on-the-ground campaign to help people with past convictions in all 50 states know their rights.
Texas instituted a new voter purge program targeting newly naturalized citizens. This was a discriminatory and unconstitutional burden on the right to vote, violating the 1st and 14th Amendments. On behalf of our clients, naturalized Texan Julie Hilberg and the organization LULAC, CLC successfully sued to block the law.
In November 2018, voters in Florida passed a constitutional amendment automatically restoring voting rights to people with felony convictions. In response, the state legislature passed a bill that conditions the right to vote on wealth — people with the financial means to pay fines and fees from a conviction have their rights restored, while those without means remain disenfranchised. CLC challenged the law in court, and in October 2019, a U.S. District Court ruled the law unconstitutional.
When the Tennessee legislature passed a law that would have imposed substantial penalties on groups that foster political participation through voter registration efforts, CLC sued on behalf of civic participation groups across the state. In September 2019, a federal court blocked the law, recognizing that it struck at the heart of free speech rights and imposed needless and burdensome regulations.