Last updated on: 9/10/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“The ACLU applauds the apparent decision of Governor Charlie Crist to recommend the end of paperless voting in Florida… Computer touch-screen voting has been the subject of a litany of problems in [Florida], nowhere better illustrated than the recent Congressional election in Sarasota and the special election in Miami-Dade County. Both elections were marred by under-votes. In the case of the 13th Congressional District election in Sarasota, there were a sufficient number of under-votes to put the outcome of the election in doubt.”

“ACLU Applauds Florida Legislature for Scrapping Flawed Voting Machines,” www.aclu.org, May 3, 2007

Description:

“The ACLU engages primarily in legislative lobbying while the ACLU Foundation carries out most of the litigation and communication efforts.”

www.aclu.org (accessed Nov. 7, 2006)

Mission:

“The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of these protections and guarantees:

  • Your First Amendment rights-freedom of speech, association and assembly. Freedom of the press, and freedom of religion supported by the strict separation of church and state.
  • Your right to equal protection under the law – equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin.
  • Your right to due process – fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.
  • Your right to privacy – freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.”

www.aclu.org (accessed Nov. 7, 2006)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Are Electronic Voting Machines the Best Way to Provide Access to Language Minorities?