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!


Districting & Redistricting: Advocacy and Outreach Materials

Districting, and subsequently redistricting,  can be a powerful tool in empowering historically disenfranchised populations by guaranteeing elected official must live in - and therefore understand - their community.... Read More

Voting Rights

Department of Motor Vehicles

BACKGROUND The California Department of Motor Vehicles is violating the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) by failing to offer California drivers and identification card holders the opportunity to register to... Read More

Voter Registration Opportunities at Covered California

After the threat of litigation the ACLU, Demos, and Project Vote reached an historic settlement agreement with the Secretary of State and Covered California that requires Covered California to provide voter... Read More

Voting Rights

The ACLU’s NVRA Toolkit: How to Comply with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA)

  The ACLU of California's NVRA Implementation Project works with public assistance offices and offices serving people with disabilities, county elections offices, and the Secretary of State to improve... Read More

Voting Rights

Covered California Failing to Provide Voter Registration Services

Expressing strong concern that California’s healthcare marketplace is not offering required voter registration opportunities to the thousands enrolling in healthcare coverage, the American Civil Liberties Union sent a... Read More