In advance of this crucial midterm election, this report details new voting restrictions put in place over the past few years, laws in place for the first time in 2014, and major lawsuits that could affect this year’s elections. See all our 2014 voting resources.
States With New Voting Restrictions Since the 2010 Election
In 2016, 16 states will have new voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential election. The new laws range from strict photo ID requirements to early voting cutbacks to registration restrictions.
Those 16 states are: Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
(This number increased from 15 to 16 on January 29, 2016 when Georgia’s law went into effect requiring voters to provide proof of citizenship when signing up using the federal registration form. The requirement had previously been on hold.)
This is part of a broader movement to curtail voting rights, which began after the 2010 election, when state lawmakers nationwide started introducing hundreds of harsh measures making it harder to vote.
Overall, 21 states have new restrictions in effect since the 2010 midterm election. This page details the new restrictive voting requirements put in place during that time period.