With the 2016 race already under way, the voting wars continue in the states, but with a significant drop-off in new restrictions in 2015. Since the 2010 election, however, 21 states have new laws making it harder to vote.
Vermont is the 14th state, plus the District of Columbia, to pass legislation to allow voters to register on Election Day, which can boost turnout and make it easier for eligible voters to cast a ballot that will get counted.
After President Obama called on Congress to honor the legacy of Selma by expanding access to the ballot, House members introduced a bill to modernize voter registration, which includes the Brennan Center's signature proposal.
Oregon passed a bold new 21st century standard for voter registration, approving a bill to streamline registration at the DMV by replacing a paper-based system with a new process in which voters are added to the rolls electronically.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, members of Congress today reintroduced a bipartisan bill to strengthen and restore the law’s core protection, which the U.S. Supreme Court gutted in 2013.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the Voter Registration Modernization Act, which would provide national standards for secure and accessible online registration and help bring America’s election system into the 21st century.