The Pennsylvania Supreme Court sent the state’s voter ID law back to the lower court, which will consider whether the law can be implemented before the election without preventing eligible citizens from voting.
As concerns mount about Election Day confusion over new voting laws, two leading U.S. voting rights groups — the Brennan Center for Justice and Rock the Vote — are coming together to engage student voters and empower them to make their voices heard in the election.
Voting rights advocates scored a clear victory today when a federal court rejected Texas’s restrictive voter ID law, which could have hurt hundreds of thousands of minority voters who lack the required ID.
Nearly 500,000 eligible voters in 10 states with restrictive voter ID laws live in households without vehicles and reside at least 10 miles from an ID-issuing office, a new Brennan Center for Justice study found. Because many of these voters may not have driver’s licenses — and nearly all live in rural areas with dwindling public transportation options — it could be significantly harder for them to get an ID and cast a ballot.
Florida announced today that it will release the full list of over 180,000 people flagged as potential non-citizens in its voter purge effort. The Brennan Center released the following statement from Democracy Program Counsel Diana Kasdan.
In a trial starting today, the Texas State Conference of the NAACP and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives (MALC) will urge a federal court to reject Texas’ restrictive photo ID law.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) vetoed a package of restrictive voting laws today. One bill would have restricted voter registration drives, using a provision similar to one in Florida that was blocked by a federal judge last month.
Yesterday, the Department of Justice, for the second time, denied a request to approve South Carolina’s voter ID law. The Brennan Center released the following statement from Senior Counsel Keesha Gaskins applauding the decision.