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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
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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.
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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
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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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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Yakima City Council has voted unanimously to drop its appeal of the ACLU-WA's landmark voting rights case.  The Court's decision ensures that all Yakima residents have a say in their government.  The Council's decision will now enable the City to move forward with the important work of building a better future for all the people in Yakima.