Arizona denies more than 221,000 people the right to vote. Click here to hear some of their stories. Have you lost your right to vote due to a felony conviction? Click here to tell us your story!
The ACLU launched a 50-state campaign to restore Americans' voting rights through its People Power grassroots platform. People Power activists are standing up for the most fundamental democratic right -- the right to vote.
The Let People Vote campaign will consist of location-specific calls to action in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These calls to action fall within four themes: election reforms to update our voting system and make voting easier; countering voter suppression schemes designed to keep people away from ballot boxes; voter restoration policies that give voting rights back to people who have served their time and are returning to their communities and want the chance to fully participate in society; and redistricting reforms to stop corrosive partisan gerrymandering.
The focus of the Arizona campaign will be the restoration of voting rights to people who have been convicted of crimes. This call to action aims to get voting rights back for people who have served their time, are returning to their communities, and want the chance to participate fully in society.
The right to vote is at the core of our democracy and the ACLU of Arizona is ready to work alongside allies across the country to make it even easier for people to vote.
- The call to action is to convince the Arizona state legislature to pass a bill that automatically restores voting rights to Arizona residents upon completion of their sentence, even if the person has multiple felony convictions. Click here to join the movement.
- To learn more about felony disfranchisement in Arizona, click here.
- If you've lost your right to vote and are looking for resources click here.
- Andrew Silverman, professor and chair of the University of Arizona Civil Rights Restoration clinic, led a training explaining voter restoration policy in Maricopa County and how People Power can help assist people in filling out the court forms to seek restoration of civil rights, to set aside verdicts, and other actions. Click to watch the 3 part training.
This project is part of the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice—an effort to reduce the number of people in prisons and jails by 50 percent and to reduce racial disparities within the criminal justice system. Learn more here: www.acluaz.org/smartjustice.