The Right to Vote
Dating back to the racist Jim Crow Era, felony disfranchisement laws were created in the states after the Civil War as an intentional effort to weaken the political power of Black people who had been enslaved. That time was also when the abominable effort began to incarcerate Black people who were newly freed. The narrative linking the right to vote to incarceration is fundamentally undemocratic. That is why the ACLU is determined to help restore the right to vote to all those who are currently incarcerated. During the 2020 Election, the ACLU supported leaders who are formerly incarcerated in their work to provide ballots and voting information to people currently in jail who still have their right to vote. And the ACLU also educated thousands of voters about their rights and solved problems at the polls through our Election Protection campaign.