Voting Rights

The ACS State Attorneys General Project develops, collects, and disseminates legal resources highlighting and examining the authority and actions of state attorneys general in key policy areas. This page collects resources related to voting rights.

Office of the Attorney General, State of Nevada, Right to Vote Restored (Oct. 11, 2019)

Information for formerly incarcerated persons regarding the restoration of their voting rights.

New Hampshire Department of Justice, News Release, New Hampshire Attorney General’s, New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office, and United States Attorney’s Operations for the Presidential Primary Election on February 11, 2020 (Feb. 6, 2020)

Announcing a hotline and email address to reach staff in the Attorney General’s Office should they have questions or concerns on the day of the primary election.

New York State Attorney General, Press Release, AG James Announces Election Day Hotline to Protect Voter Access During Today’s Election (Nov. 5, 2019)

Announcing a hotline and email address to reach attorneys and staff in the Civil Rights Bureau if voters encounter problems on Election Day. The Attorney General’s Office has operated a voter access hotline since 2012 as an effort to reduce barriers to voting.

John H. Thompson & Robert Yablon, Preparing for the 2020 Census: Considerations for State Attorneys General, (October 2018).

An ACS issue brief by John H. Thompson, the 24th Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, and Robert Yablon, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin, that provides a holistic strategy for state attorneys general to develop and implement, aimed at ensuring that their jurisdictions are fully and fairly counted.

Listen to the accompanying ACS Podcast., The Role of State Attorneys General in Federal and State Redistricting in 2020.

A memorandum by Professors Justin Levitt of Loyola Law School and James Tierney of Harvard Law School illustrating the important roles of Attorneys General in their states’ redistricting processes through specific cases in which state Attorneys General have exercised both their jurisdiction and discretion with respect to redistricting. In addition, it outlines additional roles that could emerge in the 2020 cycle.