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New Voting Restrictions in America

Since 2010, 25 states have enacted new voting restrictions, including strict photo ID requirements, early voting cutbacks, and registration restrictions.

Last Updated: November 19, 2019
Published: October 1, 2019

After the 2010 elec­tion, state lawmakers nation­wide star­ted intro­du­cing hundreds of harsh meas­ures making it harder to vote. The new laws range from strict photo ID require­ments to early voting cutbacks to regis­tra­tion restric­tions.

Over­all, 25 states have put in place new restric­tions since then — 15 states have more restrict­ive voter ID laws in place (includ­ing six states with strict photo ID require­ments), 12 have laws making it harder for citizens to register (and stay registered), ten made it more diffi­cult to vote early or absentee, and three took action to make it harder to restore voting rights for people with past crim­inal convic­tions.

In 2016, 14 states had new voting restric­tions in place for the first time in a pres­id­en­tial elec­tion. Those 14 states were: Alabama, Arizona, Indi­ana, Kansas, Missis­sippi, Nebraska, New Hamp­shire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Caro­lina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wiscon­sin.

In 2017, legis­latures in Arkan­sas and in North Dakota passed voter ID bills, which governors in each state signed, and Missouri imple­men­ted a restrict­ive law that was passed by ballot initi­at­ive in 2016. (Texas also passed a new voter ID law, though its earlier strict voter ID law was partially in effect in 2016.) Geor­gia, Iowa, Indi­ana, and New Hamp­shire also enacted restric­tions last year, in addi­tion to laws that were on the books for previ­ous elec­tions.

In 2018, Arkan­sas, Indi­ana, Montana, New Hamp­shire, North Caro­lina, and Wiscon­sin enacted new restric­tions.

In 2019, Arizona, Flor­ida, Indi­ana, Tennessee, and Texas have enacted new restric­tions.

This page details the new restrict­ive voting require­ments put in place over the last several years. Click here for a PDF version of this map.


Restrictions on Voting Since the 2010 Election