The state of voting in 2014
It has been a whirlwind few weeks for the right to vote, with the Supreme Court stepping in four times to decide whether restrictions on voting can go into effect. In three out of four cases, the answer was yes. But efforts to make voting harder haven’t stopped there. Voters in 14 states will face new hurdles this year for the first time in a major election, according to a tally from the Brennan Center for Justice—from voter ID laws to early voting cuts to other measures that impose barriers to the ballot box. Some, like Texas’s strict voter ID law, have come as a direct result of the Supreme Court’s ruling last year that badly weakened the Voting Rights Act. But from Kansas to Ohio to Rhode Island, other states not affected by that ruling also reduced access.
Here’s a roundup of the new restrictions that Americans will have to get around this year in order to exercise their most basic democratic right, drawn from the Brennan Center report.