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ACLU Launches Voter Empowerment Program

Effort Includes Cards Advising Voters Of Basic Rights And Emergency Contacts On Election Day

American Civil Liberties Union proudly launched its voter empowerment
program today. As part of this effort, the ACLU will distribute 480,000
cards in 32 states that inform voters of their rights on Election Day
and how to avoid problems when casting a ballot.

"From partisan shenanigans to
administrative incompetence, we've seen far too many cases of voter
suppression this election cycle. And with turnout expected to reach
record levels across the country, it is more important than ever for
voters to know their rights on Election Day," said Bryan Sells, senior
staff counsel with the ACLU Voting Rights Project. "The right to vote
is too important to be violated. That's why the ACLU is working hard to
ensure that all voters' rights are protected and that every vote is
counted on November 4. There is just too much at stake for people to be
denied their voices in choosing America's next leader."

The cards, which are being distributed by ACLU state affiliates and are available for download at,
summarize the basic state and federal laws pertaining to every voter
and list emergency contact numbers for voters to call if they encounter
problems at the polls. The cards also provide answers to common
questions such as: Where do I vote? Is identification required? How can
I minimize potential problems?

Voter empowerment cards have been
created for voters in 32 states - from Alabama to New Mexico to
Wyoming. There are 55 editions of the cards in eight languages. Voters
can report complaints on a wide range of elections issues - including
equipment malfunctions, access to the polls and discriminatory or
illegal election practices - by calling the ACLU toll-free help line:

"With Election Day right around the
corner, we are pleased to offer an important tool to help people
exercise their fundamental right to vote," said Laughlin McDonald,
Director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project. "You never know what might
happen at the polls - that's why voters must be as informed as


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Through a multi-pronged effort of
litigation and legislative advocacy, the ACLU is on the front lines
fighting the important constitutional battle to protect voting rights.
The ACLU has challenged voter suppression efforts throughout the
country, including the practice of "caging," unlawful voter purges and
photo identification laws.

To download the voter empowerment cards, go to:

For more information on the ACLU Voting Rights Project, go to:



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