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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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Voting Rights Cases and Actions

CLC represents the Tennessee NAACP and individuals who are U.S. citizens with past felony convictions, seeking the right to vote.

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is fighting to require states that use signature match policies to examine mail-in or absentee ballots also have “notice and cure” procedures so that voters’ ballots aren’t rejected due to perceived penmanship issues. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this issue has gained urgency as more voters choose to use mail-in ballots.

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Campaign Legal Center Action (CLCA) sued Texas Gov. Greg Abbott over his last-minute order prohibiting counties from providing more than one location where voters can drop off their mail-in ballots in the lead up to Election Day 2020.

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Every Eligible Voter Should Have Access to the Ballot
Defending Voting Rights in Georgia
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CLC and partner voting rights advocacy groups urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to institute a series of key reforms to make voting in the January 2021 runoff elections safer during the pandemic.

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.