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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.
Voting Rights Experts
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Vice President, Litigation & Strategy
Jonathan Diaz
Legal Counsel, Voting Rights
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Senior Legal Counsel, Voting Rights & Redistricting
Cecilia Aguilera
Fellow/Law Clerk, Voting Rights Institute
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Senior Director, Voting Rights & Redistricting
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Fellow, Voting Rights Institute
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Senior Legal Counsel, Litigation
Every Eligible Voter Should Have Access to the Ballot
Restore Your Vote: CLC Helps Up to 17 Million 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 on-the-ground campaign to help people with past convictions in all 50 states know their rights.

CLC Protects Texas Voters
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CLC has been fighting against Texas’s discriminatory photo voter ID law since 2011. CLC represents Texas Congressman Marc Veasey and a group for Texas voters who challenged the law as unconstitutional and discriminatory. Years of litigation have ensured that voters in Texas can never be turned away from the polls simply for lacking a certain type of photo ID. 

CLC Launches the Voting Rights Institute
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CLC joined with American Constitution Society and Georgetown University Law Center to create the Voting Rights Institute in 2014. The VRI works to prepare the next generation of attorneys, experts and activists to preserve our democracy and protect the ability of all Americans to vote

CLC Wins a Victory for Voters in Arizona
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CLC challenged the state's extremely complicated registration process in federal court and reached a settlement agreement that eases Arizona's registration process, so that tens of thousands of voter registrations in Arizona would not be rejected because of unnecessary bureaucracy.

Voting Rights Cases and Actions

Civil rights groups are challenging Georgia’s restrictive voter registration law requiring voter data to “exactly match” data stored in the state drivers services’ database or the Social Security database. Georgia’s use of this “exact match” protocol disproportionately and negatively impacts the ability of eligible Black, Latino, and Asian-American citizens to register to vote in violation of federal voting statutes and the U.S. Constitution. 

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Four Americans and the League of United Latin American Citizens of Richmond are suing the Public Interest Legal Foundation and its president, J. Christian Adams, for engaging in a multiyear campaign of voter intimidation in the state of Virginia.

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CLC sent letters to six states informing them that their voter registration forms were not up-to-date and did not accurately explain voter eligibility. 

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Help CLC Protect Voting Rights Nationwide