Update On New Voting Rights Laws Across The Country

Update On New Voting Rights Laws Across The Country

Twenty-two states have passed new restrictions on voting ahead of the November elections. An update on states' efforts to expand and restrict access to the polls and calls for Congressional action.

Section Five of the Voting Rights Act required states with a history of discrimination to get ‘pre-clearance’ from the government before changing voting laws. Last year, the Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Act, including Section Five. Since then, 22 states have passed laws restricting voting rights. Some are requiring photo IDs or proof of citizenship. Others are cutting back on early voting days or eliminating polling places. And last week, a federal judge rejected a challenge to North Carolina’s new voting laws, widely considered the most restrictive in the nation. An update on voting rights around the country and calls for congressional action.


Devlin Barrett

reporter, security and law enforcement, The Wall Street Journal

Sherrilyn Ifill

president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Stuart Taylor

author and journalist, senior fellow, The Brookings Institution; contributing editor, National Journal; co-author of "Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won't Admit It"

Wendy Weiser

director, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice

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