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.
ACLU-TN was a constant presence at the state capitol during the Tennessee General Assembly's 109th session, working to advance legislation that expands or protects our civil liberties and fighting against bills [...]
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.
Addressing Barriers to the Ballot Box: Registering to Vote in Tennessee with a Past Felony Conviction
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, and being prepared for your trip to the polls helps secure your ability to exercise this fundamental right. Designed to [...]
On January 1, 2012, Tennessee’s law requiring a state- or federally-issued photo ID to vote went into effect. Find answers to common questions about what this law means for you, [...]
ACLU-TN believes that voting is the cornerstone of our democracy, and we are committed to ensuring that every citizen has the fundamental right to vote. Our resources answer common questions [...]