ACLU-TN’s Voting Rights Resource Center
Nothing is more fundamental to our democracy than the right to vote, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLU-TN) is committed to protecting voting rights and ensuring that every citizen maintains that right.
Are your state and federal candidates fighting for your civil liberties and civil rights? Learn more here.
Review a list of common issues people experience while casting their ballots, what your rights are under Tennessee law, and tips for dealing with problems at the polls here.
If you are having problems at the polls, please let us know here.
The “No Barriers to the Ballot Box” Campaign
Currently Tennessee prevents people from voting if they have been convicted of a felony and are incarcerated, on parole, on probation, or not up to date on child support payments or court-ordered restitution and court costs. Imposing financial obligations on the right to vote creates a modern-day poll tax. Under Tennessee’s voter restoration law, over 420,000 Tennesseans are disenfranchised, the majority of whom are no longer incarcerated. Due to this law, a shocking 21 percent of Black people in Tennessee are disenfranchised. ACLU-TN’s “No Barriers to the Ballot Box Campaign”, is dedicated to fighting for voter restoration and serving voters by providing voting resources and information about the law. Click here to learn more.
Students—did you know that under Tennessee’s “Photo ID to Vote” law, your college ID doesn’t count as acceptable identification? Tennessee’s law that requires individuals to present a government-issued photo ID at the ballot box is part of a modern-day, well-documented, coordinated nationwide voter suppression effort. Concerned about how this might impact your ability to vote?
- Register to vote
- Learn more about the “Photo ID to Vote” law, including acceptable forms of ID and how to get them.
- Voter Registration Information Look-up: Find out if you are registered, where you vote, what your districts are and who your current representatives are.
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