The beginning of tyranny.
August 17, 2012 9:36 PM Subscribe
posted by zarq (47 comments total)
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Last year, The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU's Law School released a report
) detailing new, more restrictive state laws that affect voting rights and are likely to impact the outcome of the 2012 elections. The restrictions "fall most heavily on young, minority, and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities." On August 3rd, 2012, they updated their analysis
with a pdf
of passed and pending State government legislation. Their conclusion: after a century in which the United States "expanded the franchise and knocked down myriad barriers to full electoral participation... that momentum [has] abruptly shifted."Analysis
A number of states have passed legislation that do one or more of the following:
* Eliminate early voting
* Made government-issued photo identification requirements mandatory for voting or registering
* Required proof of citizenship for voting or registering
* Newly disenfranchised taxpayers with past criminal convictions.
* At least 180 restrictive bills have been introduced since the beginning of 2011 in 41 states.
* There are 27 restrictive bills currently pending in 6 states.
* 25 laws and 2 executive actions have passed since the beginning of 2011 in 19 states.
* 16 states have passed restrictive voting laws. These states account for 214 electoral votes, or nearly 79 percent of the total needed to win the presidency. Of these, 14 laws and executive actions are currently in effect in 10 states.