Voting Rights

The right to vote is a fundamental in a democratic society and must be safeguarded zealously. The ACLU of Connecticut has worked to ensure that all citizens may vote in Connecticut without intimidation, coercion or unnecessary barriers.

As a voice for freedom and equality, our legislative priorities include promoting and preserving civil liberties for all. Through state legislative advocacy, we aim to defend and extend key constitutional principles, including privacy, justice, and democracy. The bills below represent just some of the issues of interest to the ACLU of Connecticut in 2016. Criminal […]

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State lawmakers passed a bill that will protect voting rights in the Constitution State.

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I returned home Sunday night from Selma, Alabama, where Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a bipartisan delegation of members of Congress, civil rights leaders, and over 80,000 marchers joined to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

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Fifty years ago, hundreds of courageous activists from across the country marched on Selma, Alabama to stand up for voting rights. Those activists weathered the billy clubs and tear gas of state troopers in order to see the Voting Rights Act of 1965 come to fruition.

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Connecticut must stop depriving communities of their deserved resources and voting power through the practice of prison gerrymandering, the ACLU of Connecticut told lawmakers. ACLU of Connecticut staff attorney, David McGuire, said, “The practice of prison gerrymandering essentially robs Connecticut’s poorest communities of desperately needed funding for programs and services that might actually prevent the […]

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