Voting Rights

Advancing the democratic process

Seven MILLION eligible Californians aren’t registered to vote.
Help change that.

The ACLU of California Voting Rights Project advances the democratic process by reducing barriers to registration, enforcing the Voting Rights Act, and building an educated, participatory grassroots.

Click here for California Voting Rights Resources

Since 2008, states across the country have passed measures to make it harder for Americans—and especially black people, elderly, students, and people with disabilities—to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot. Those measures include voter ID laws, cuts to early voting, and purges of voter rolls.

In 2013, in a massive blow to civil rights and democracy, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the current coverage formula of the Voting Rights Act. The ACLU is fighting this rollback of voting rights in the courts and in Congress. We also work to expand the right to vote for all by challenging criminal disenfranchisement laws and expanding same-day and online voter registration.

In California, we work to advance democratic participation in three major ways:

  • Reducing barriers to voter registration and participation through statewide election reform;
  • Enforcing California Voting Rights Act provisions to guarantee that every voter is given an equal opportunity to participate in our elections; and
  • Building an educated, participatory grassroots, especially among youth, the formerly incarcerated, and communities of color.

Many mistakenly believe that California is a safe haven for voting rights. Yet as of 2014, California’s voter registration rate ranks 38th in the nation. Nearly seven million eligible Californians are not registered to vote.

Help us improve California’s voter registration rates! Click here to Register to Vote online today!


Voting Rights

California Shouts to Country: No to Discrimination in Voting

SACRAMENTO – Today Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2466 (Weber, D-San Diego), rolling back a discriminatory voting restriction in California that is a carryover from the Jim Crow era, when states made it... Read More

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Supreme Court Denies Stay in North Carolina Voting Rights Case

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court today denied North Carolina’s request to stay a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state’s restrictive voting law.The American Civil Liberties Union and... Read More

Voting Rights

California DMV Takes Important First Steps Toward Improving Voter Registration Services

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) took the necessary first steps toward improving voter registration services offered online and at its 174 field offices across the state, though it still will need to... Read More

Voting Rights

AB 2466 – Building a More Inclusive Democracy

*************************August 16, 2016 - UPDATE**************************** Today the California State Senate voted to send AB 2466 (Weber, D-San Diego) to the Governor, rolling back a discriminatory voting... Read More

California Voting Rights Resources

Click here to Register to Vote online TODAY! Click here for information about the November 8th Election ballot. ELECTION MATERIALS! Know Your Voting Rights - detailed brochure Quick Know Your Voting... Read More