Restrictive Voter ID Laws Blocked in 14 States


Over the past two years, we have seen restrictive voter ID legislation introduced in states across the nation that could make it harder for voters to cast a ballot. Some of these laws have been successful in being passed while others have been halted, thanks to the efforts of voting rights advocates, citizens who voted against restrictive legislation, and courts who overturned or blocked such laws. Our grant partners, The Brennan Center for Justice recently published a clear analysis and mapping of states, showing where these laws have passed, where they were blocked, and where they are in effect for the 2012 election. Some of the findings revealed:

Overall, 25 laws and 2 executive actions passed in 19 states since the beginning of 2011.

Fourteen states have passed restrictive voting laws and executive actions that have the potential to impact the 2012 election, representing 185 electoral votes, or 68 percent of the total needed to win the presidency.

In the past two years, vetoes, referendums, court decisions, or the Department of Justice have blocked or blunted restrictive measures in 14 states.

To read more from the analysis, please visit The Brennan Center’s blog here.

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