2014 VOTING BARRIERS

The Voting Rights Act has blocked thousands of potentially discriminatory voting changes since 1965.

Last year, the heart of the VRA was effectively gutted — leaving previously protected districts open to attack.

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VOTING RIGHTS LANDSCAPE

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Explore what we're up against

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id laws

Photo ID requirements make voting harder for hundreds of thousands of eligible, registered voters. 25% of African Americans lack a valid photo ID. Obtaining “valid” ID is often costly and inconvenient — and our detractors rely on that to keep people from casting votes.

IMPACT ON STATES FORMERLY COVERED BY THE VRA

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Explore early voting restrictions

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voting

Early voting allows more people to exercise their right to vote while keeping the election system safe and fair. Efforts to reduce early voting periods — or eliminate them altogether — disproportionately affect African Americans, who are among the fastest growing groups of early voters.

IMPACT ON STATES FORMERLY COVERED BY THE VRA

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Explore voter registration restrictions

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registration

Voter registration keeps the wheels of our democracy turning. Yet states are pushing to make voter registration harder, limiting registration drives and restricting acceptable forms of ID to register. This negatively impacts those who benefit most from these outreach efforts — students and minorities.

IMPACT ON STATES FORMERLY COVERED BY THE VRA

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THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING THAT’S WHY WE MUST ACT NOW

New voting restrictions are slated to go into effect in 22 states in time for the midterm elections this fall. But you can help us determine the future of these oppressive laws — both in the courts and on the ground.

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Voting problems?
Tell us about it.

The only way we can stop voter suppression and intimidation is by remaining vigilant — but we can’t be everywhere. If you or someone you know has experienced a problem at the polls, we can help fight back. Share your story with us.

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Thank You

Thank you for submitting your voting story to LDF. All of us deserve to participate in our democracy without the threat of discrimination — and your willingness to speak out is critical to protecting our right to vote.