The Brennan Center’s analysis found that purge rates have especially increased in areas with a history of discrimination that are no longer required to get election changes precleared in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder.
Supreme Court rules that a Minnesota law that bans all “political” apparel at the polls is unconstitutionally vague and overbroad, but also reaffirms that states “may prohibit messages intended to mislead voters about voting requirements and procedures.”
Lawmakers passed SB 5 after numerous courts, including the full Fifth Circuit, concluded the prior strict ID law had a discriminatory effect. Advocates believe that the new law is still discriminatory, and are reviewing options for next steps.
An initial look at laws introduced in state legislatures makes it clear that the fight continues against voter suppression across the country. But many states are looking to expand access to the polls and make a more inclusive democracy.