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

ACLU of California Presentation to Bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration

  The ACLU of California Voting Rights Project has been working with state and local agencies across the state to ensure voter registration is offered when people apply for services or benefits. Lori... Read More

Voting Rights

50 Years Later, Still Fighting for Voting Rights

  Among the biggest, but hidden, voter suppression issues of our times is the lack of access to voter registration opportunities and poor election administration systems. In a New York Times lead editorial this... Read More

Voting Rights

California Makes Historic Leap to Bring Millions into the Democratic Process

In a move that leads the nation in reducing barriers and expanding opportunities for voter registration, California’s Secretary of State, Debra Bowen, is designating the state’s new Health Benefit Exchange, Covered... Read More

Important Voting Rights Bill Clears Assembly Elections Committee

SACRAMENTO – A bill that would uphold the constitutional right to vote for people sentenced under realignment was approved today by the California Assembly’s Elections and Redistricting Committee. The bill, A.B.... Read More

Volunteer to Help Us Protect the Vote on Election Day!

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the San Diego offices of DLA Piper, California Common Cause and the San Diego ACLU need your assistance on Election Day, November 6, 2012! The Election Protection... Read More