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Voting for officials and issues is an essential part of a democratic society. The franchise must never be conditioned on a person’s gender, ethnicity, or wealth. The ACLU works to ensure that no citizen is unfairly denied his or her right to vote.

Latino voters make history in Yakima
Victory!  Pasco approves consent decree in voting rights case
Making History! Latino voter participation increases under Yakima's new district system
Have a criminal record? Download our voting rights restoration guide!
"Presidential Commission on Election Integrity" is a sham!  ACLU of Washington calls for commission using voter fraud as a pretext for voter suppression to be disbanded.

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions About Voting Restoration in Washington

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The 2009 Washington Legislature passed a new law that restores the right to vote automatically to people with felony convictions when they have completed their time in prison and have served any required community custody supervised by the State Department of Corrections (DOC).

Voting Rights Restoration in Washington State

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Under Washington law, individuals convicted of felonies that have their right to vote automatically restored as soon as they have completed incarceration and any community custody required by the Department of Corrections. This brochure briefly explains the law and answers frequently asked questions.  

Know Your Rights: Speech in Public Places

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Can I pass out flyers in a mall? Talk to visitors to a farmers market? Speak on the grounds of a college campus? Download our guide to your free speech rights in public places.
News Release, Published: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
President Trump’s so-called “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity” is a sham commission that uses false claims of voting fraud as a pretext for voter suppression.
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Friday, January 27, 2017
Under this new election system, the Latino community will now have the opportunity to elect three representatives of their choosing to the City Council
News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
In response to an ACLU-WA lawsuit, the Pasco City Council has agreed that its at-large system for city council elections violates the Voting Rights Act, and it will submit a consent decree in federal court. (Pictured above: plaintiff Bertha Glatt at center, with ACLU-WA attorneys La Rond Baker and Breanne Schuster.)
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Thursday, August 4, 2016
In a lawsuit filed by the ACLU-WA, a resident is challenging the City of Pasco’s at-large election system for violating the Voting Rights Act by unlawfully diluting the vote of Latinos in City Council elections.

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