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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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6 01, 2021

ACLU Urges Senators Blackburn and Hagerty and Congress to Certify, Uphold the Will of Voters

2021-01-06T13:09:38-06:00 January 6th, 2021|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

The ACLU urges Senators Blackburn and Hagerty to count and confirm the Electoral College votes and uphold the will of voters.

30 10, 2020

Civil Rights Groups Urge Governor Lee to Take Stand to Prevent Voter Intimidation

2020-10-30T14:26:52-05:00 October 30th, 2020|Categories: Press Releases|

In an effort to prevent voter intimidation, Tennessee organizations sent a letter to the governor urging him to guarantee the state’s protection of the voting process and Tennesseans’ safety during and following the election.

9 09, 2020

Opinion: Why ACLU of Tennessee is launching ‘Vote Like Your Rights Depend On It’ campaign

2020-09-09T15:10:56-05:00 September 9th, 2020|Categories: General News, Media Highlights|

Your rights are on the ballot this November — so it’s critical you vote, safely. That's why ACLU-TN is launching a statewide awareness campaign to encourage eligible Tennesseans to vote early and safely in 2020.

5 08, 2020

State Supreme Court Allows Mail Ballots for Voters With Underlying Health Conditions, Caretakers

2020-08-05T20:29:05-05:00 August 5th, 2020|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

Under a Tennessee Supreme Court decision issued today, the state must permit every eligible voter with an underlying health condition that makes them especially vulnerable to COVID-19 — and any voter who is a caretaker of such individuals — to vote by mail in all elections in 2020 due to COVID-19.

1 07, 2020

7/14: “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook” Virtual Screening & Panel Discussion

2020-07-09T16:08:39-05:00 July 1st, 2020|Categories: Events|

Tues. 7/14: Join us for a virtual screening of “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook,” followed by a panel discussion with voting rights experts in Tennessee.

24 06, 2020

Tennessee Supreme Court Refuses to Block Ruling Requiring State to Allow Absentee Voting

2020-06-24T17:56:06-05:00 June 24th, 2020|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

The Tennessee Supreme Court has refused to block a ruling requiring the state to allow absentee voting for all eligible voters while our lawsuit proceeds.