Each year, the Brennan Center publishes regular roundups of voting legislation around the country. So far in 2019, we found four key trends:
- An uptick in activity around measures to restrict voting access. We recorded efforts to restrict how civic groups can help voters to register, apply to vote absentee, or cast a ballot.
- At the same time, a number of states pushed legislation with pro-voter reforms, reflecting broad national interest in expanding voting access, consistent with measures in H.R. 1.
- Nationwide momentum for rights restoration for individuals with past criminal convictions. Following Florida’s passage of Amendment 4, bills are actively moving in five other states.
- State legislatures are advancing far more election security measures designed to protect election integrity than in previous sessions.
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