Will Voters Be Kept from the Polls…Again?

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Last year, the US Supreme Court ruled that key parts of the Voting Rights Act, signed by Lyndon Johnson in 1965, had outlived their usefulness. By a five to four majority, the court lifted burdens imposed on states with histories of discrimination in voting. Almost immediately, North Carolina, Texas and other states passed Voter ID laws, cut short early voting and eliminated same-day registration. The Court also invited Congress to update the Voting Rights Act. Are those needed protections against voter fraud or a return to the past? Is there evidence of renewed hardship for minorities, the elderly or women voters? 

Voter ID warning outside the polling station of Ward 1 in Nashua, New Hampshire, 2013
Photo by Mark Buckawicki



Patrick Leahy - Senator (D-VT) - @SenatorLeahy, Ari Berman - senior reporter for Mother Jones, author of “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America” - @AriBerman, Roger Clegg - Center for Equal Opportunity - @CEOUSA, Anita Earls - Southern Coalition for Social Justice - @Anita_Earls, Ilya Shapiro - Cato Institute - @ishapiro

Warren Olney

Mike Kessler, Katie Cooper, Evan George