Voting rights: The top 5 villains and heroes of 2013
2013 was a bad year for voting rights. The Supreme Court gutted the landmark Voting Rights Act, giving southern states a much freer hand to make election changes that hurt racial minorities. And states across the country pushed forward with restrictive laws that could make exercising the franchise much harder. But there were also some bright spots: public officials and activists stood up to the assault on voting rights and potentially laid the groundwork to reverse some of those setbacks before too long, while educating and galvanizing voters around the issue.
Here are the top 5 voting rights villains and heroes of 2013.