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Voting Rights

Democracy works best when all citizens can vote without barriers.

Voting Rights

Democracy works best when all citizens can vote without barriers.
[Campaign Legal Center] has been leading a nationwide campaign to restore voting rights to the formerly incarcerated.
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Help CLC Protect Voting Rights Nationwide

Voting Rights Cases and Actions

CLC is challenging Pennsylvania’s policy of rejecting mail-in ballots under an error-prone signature verification process without first informing voters there is a problem with their ballot or giving them an opportunity to fix it and have their vote count.

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CLC is suing to challenge Rhode Island’s witness/notary requirement for voting by mail, which is a heavy burden on voters that fear contracting COVID-19 during 2020 elections.

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CLC is suing to challenge Tennessee’s policy reversal regarding voting rights for Tennesseans who have been convicted of felonies in other states.

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Every Eligible Voter Should Have Access to the Ballot
Voting Rights Under Attack in Georgia
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Myriad problems in Georgia's June primary are yet more examples of how election issues suppress the voices of Black voters in particular.

Restore Your Vote: CLC Helps People With Past Convictions Know their Rights
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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.

Striking Down a Modern Poll Tax in Florida
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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 as a class action that would apply to all affected Floridians, and in May 2020 a federal court declared the law unconstitutional.

Tennesseans by Easing Restrictive Voting Laws
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Tennessean Dawn Harrington, of CLC client Free Hearts shares how changing the state's restrictive voting laws would help more people have their voices heard.