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Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy.  ACLU-TN works to ensure that all eligible voters have an opportunity to cast a ballot that will be counted; to make voting as easy and accessible as possible; and to make sure that all votes are counted equally.  Highlights of our voting rights work include defending ballot secrecy, educating the public about voting rights, challenging barriers preventing people with prior felony convictions from restoring their right to vote, and combatting burdensome photo ID and other restrictive laws.

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8 02, 2017

Day 20: Read Coretta Scott King’s letter on Sessions’ “attempt to intimidate … black voters”

February 8th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Read civil rights icon Coretta Scott King's 1986 letter on Jeff Sessions’ “attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters” Last night, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the [...]

20 01, 2017

Day 1: Take the People’s Oath

January 20th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

  Take the People’s Oath Donald Trump was just sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. We don’t know what the first act of his presidency will [...]

9 11, 2016

ACLU-TN Statement on Donald Trump’s Election

November 9th, 2016|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN executive director Hedy Weinberg's statement on Donald Trump’s election as president

4 11, 2016

Hargett is “Wrong”: Purged Voters Must Be Granted Provisional Ballots

November 4th, 2016|Categories: Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2016 CONTACT Lindsay Kee, ACLU-TN communications director, (615) 320-7142 NASHVILLE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee today sent a letter to Tennessee Secretary [...]

1 10, 2016

The Vigil (Fall 2016)

October 1st, 2016|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: "ACLU-TN launches community coalition for criminal justice reform," "ACLU-TN stands up for prisoners’ right to healthcare," "UPDATE: ACLU-TN wins victory for pro-LGBT student speech in Giles County," [...]

19 09, 2016

ACLU-TN to Honor Bernard Werthan with Lifetime Achievement Award

September 19th, 2016|Categories: Events, Press Releases|

Next Generation of Social Justice Advocates to Receive Pressnell Bill of Rights Award FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2016 CONTACT Lindsay Kee, ACLU-TN communications director, (615) 320-7142 NASHVILLE – The [...]

9 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Voting Rights and Elections Resource Sheet

June 9th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

Many complaints about voting and the electoral process raise civil-liberties issues, usually related to either the First Amendment or to the Fourteenth Amendment (equal protection and due process). Typical examples [...]

9 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Resource Sheet on Voting for People with Felony Convictions

June 9th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

In Tennessee individuals convicted of a felony lose their right to vote and are oftentimes unaware of the process for restoration of those rights. ACLU-TN, joined by civil rights and [...]

1 06, 2016

The Vigil (Summer 2016)

June 1st, 2016|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: "Access to the Ballot Box: Your Rights at the Polls," "Protecting Student Speech in Giles County," "The 2016 Legislative Session In Review," "6th Circuit Upholds Round-the-Clock Surveillance," [...]

25 05, 2016

ACLU-TN’s “Let People Vote” Voting Rights Resource Center

May 25th, 2016|Categories: Campaigns, Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources|

ACLU-TN's “Let People Vote” campaign is designed to empower voters with an understanding of their voting rights and tools for handling any problems they may encounter at the polls. Available [...]