Newly passed restrictions on voting in a dozen battleground states could disenfranchise as many as five million voters - more than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections - says a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice. And guess who most of those five million are? The spate of new laws range from demanding photo i.d.'s to cutting back on early voting to stricter proof of citizenship laws. More scary stuff from Democracy Now on the impact of those changes coupled with redistricting.
"These voting law changes are radical and completely unnecessary. They especially hurt those who have been historically locked out of our electoral system, like minorities, poor people, and students. Often they seem precisely targeted to exclude certain voters." - Wendy. R. Weiser, report co-author.