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State Voting Laws

The Brennan Center tracks voting legislation around the country, keeping an eye on measures to restrict or expand voting access, restore voting rights, and improve security.


Each year, the Brennan Center publishes regular roundups of voting legislation around the country. So far in 2020, we have found:

  1. Legislators in 29 states across the country have introduced bills that, if enacted, would make it easier for people to vote. The most numerous among these include bills to ease voter registration and absentee voting, restore voting rights to persons with past convictions, and expand early in-person voting.
  2. Fifteen states have introduced bills that would make it harder for individuals to vote. The most numerous among them are restrictions on voter ID, additional burdens on absentee voting, limits on assistance to voters, and aggressive prosecution for voting-related crimes. 
  3. State legislatures continue to propose legislation responsive to election security concerns that surfaced during the 2016 election.

At this time, almost all state legislatures are in session.

Voting Roundup Archive

Voting Laws Roundup 2020

Voting Laws Roundup 2019

Voting Laws Roundup 2018

Voting Laws Roundup 2017

Voting Laws Roundup 2016

Voting Laws Roundup 2015

Voting Laws Roundup 2014

Voting Laws Roundup 2013

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