New voting restrictions developed since 2010 are slated to be in place in 22 states this November, according to a new Brennan Center report. In 15 of these states, 2014 will be the first federal election with new restrictions in effect.
Nebraska became the first state to enact a law to modernize voter registration since the Presidential Commission on Election Administration recommended it as a key reform to improve elections in America.
Hundreds of bills to improve access to the polls have been introduced leading up to the 2014 election, in sharp contrast to the spate of restrictive laws introduced before 2012, a new Brennan Center analysis found.
The Presidential Commission on Election Administration issued recommendations today to improve the voting experience and reduce long lines. They make clear that there are bipartisan reforms that can be implemented now to transform voting.
From its first days, the Voting Rights Act united members of both parties. Critically, this proposal continues that bipartisan approach. We need an election system that works well for everyone, and doesn’t tolerate discrimination against anyone.
Voters head to the polls tomorrow, one year after President Obama said “we have to fix” the long lines that marred the 2012 election. In the year since, there have been setbacks and gains to the cause of election reform.
As voters head to the polls next week and election officials review voting protocols, the Brennan Center released a new report detailing the benefits of early voting programs and offering recommendations to improve our outdated elections.
The Presidential Commission on Election Administration will hold a public meeting today to improve voting. Brennan Center Counsel Jonathan Brater will testify, outlining four key reforms to improve elections and reduce long lines.
The Supreme Court’s decision is at odds with recent history. The Voting Rights Act was vital in 2012, not just 1965. For nearly five decades, it has been the nation’s most effective tool to eradicate racial discrimination in voting. And it is still critical today.