Voting 2014: Stories from the States

America’s struggle for voting rights continues. In the 2014 election, new voting restrictions were in place in 21 states — 14 for the first time in a federal election. These laws ranged from voter ID requirements to early voting cutbacks to registration limits.

In this new series — Voting 2014: Stories from the States — the Brennan Center is collecting stories of citizens who have been unfairly impacted by these new restrictions. 

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Kansas's strict photo ID rule and proof of citizenship requirement made it difficult for thousands of voters to cast ballots in this year's election.

In this year's midterm election, thousands of Iowans could not vote because of past criminal convictions, a burden that disproportionately falls on the state's African American population.

Ohio voters had fewer options for how to cast their ballots due to new restrictions on early voting, which had a particular impact on "Souls to the Polls" drives.

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.

Texas already has one of the nation’s lowest voter turnouts. This year, voters had to contend with the state’s new harsh photo ID law, which left many confused, disheartened, and even disenfranchised.