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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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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 [...]

14 05, 2015

The Vigil (Spring 2015)

May 14th, 2015|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: “The 2015 Legislative Session in Review,” “ACLU-TN Defends Williamson County Educators’ Right to Speak Freely,” “ACLU-TN Defends Parents’ First Amendment Right to Name Their Children,” “ACLU Goes [...]

1 04, 2015

ACLU-TN Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2014-2015

April 1st, 2015|Categories: Annual Reports|

Review ACLU of Tennessee’s accomplishments and challenges and learn more about what’s on the horizon for civil liberties with our 2014-2015 annual report.

29 01, 2015

Addressing Barriers to the Ballot Box: Registering to Vote in Tennessee with a Past Felony Conviction

January 29th, 2015|Categories: Know Your Rights, Publications|

This report explores Tennessee’s complicated disenfranchisement policies for individuals with felony convictions, including the practical effects of voting restoration procedure laws on election officials, the burdens that current eligibility requirements [...]

29 01, 2015

Get Your Right to Vote Back: A How-To Brochure for Former Felons in Tennessee

January 29th, 2015|Categories: Know Your Rights, Publications|

Restoring the right to vote to eligible people who have completed their sentences benefits the public as a whole; research shows that people who commit crimes are more likely to [...]

29 01, 2015

Provisional Ballots in 2014

January 29th, 2015|Categories: Know Your Rights, Publications|

Provisional ballots are used when you arrive at the polls and you’re registered to vote but your name doesn’t appear on the voter list, or you don’t have a valid [...]