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Voting Rights Cases and Actions
CLC is challenging New York’s flawed absentee ballot verification process that, in the 2018 general election, silently rejected nearly 14% of all absentee ballots cast without providing affected voters with notice of or an opportunity to fix ballot defects.
CLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of Voters Not Politicians (VNP) in support of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s decision to mail all registered voters absentee ballot applications. Making the process of obtaining absentee ballots simple and straightforward will facilitate safe voting for Michiganders, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CLC is suing to suspend enforcement of Minnesota’s law requiring a third-party witness signature for voting by mail. This law threatens Minnesotans’ right to vote safely during the COVID-19 pandemic and imposes irrational restrictions on who can serve as a witness.
Myriad problems in Georgia's June primary are yet more examples of how election issues suppress the voices of Black voters in particular.
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.
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.
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.