Politicians like to push Americans to exercise their right to vote, but many laws make it difficult to actually do so.
“There are new restrictions in 22 states, meaning nearly half the country could have a harder time casting a ballot in November 2014 than four years ago,” said Jennifer Clark, a counsel in the democracy program at the NYU School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice. The nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute works to advance voting rights through voter registration modernization proposals.
“North Carolina passed a far-reaching restrictive voter law,” said Clark. “It did everything from cutting back on early voting and same-day registration—which were used more by African Americans than whites—to ending the opportunity for 16- and 17-year olds to pre-register so they could be ready to vote immediately upon turning 18.”
More than 600,000 legally registered Texan voters may not be able to cast their ballots because of a state voter ID law that one federal judge said was “imposed with an unconstitutional discriminatory purpose.”
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