Pennsylvania signed a voter ID bill into law, and Virginia is on the verge of signing another. This means 70 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed to win in 2012 will now come from states with new restrictive voting laws, according to a new Brennan Center analysis.
The Brennan Center for Justice submitted written testimony in advance of today’s U.S. Senate hearing examining Florida’s new election law, H.B. 1355, stating that the law’s onerous restrictions on community-based voter registration drives are unconstitutional and offering solutions for modernizing the state’s voter registration system.
Today, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the League of Women Voters of Florida, organizations that work to encourage and promote civic engagement among Florida voters filed an intervention motion in federal court in Washington, D.C. to oppose controversial new restrictions on voting and voter registration imposed by a new Florida law, known as H.B. 1355.
The Brennan Center for Justice today releases the first in-depth survey of two key voter registration modernization reforms at the state level. The study finds that as states modernize their voter registration process, they save millions, produce more accurate and reliable rolls, and see an increase in registration rates.
The Election Day Registration bill introduced by Senators Feingold and Klobuchar, and Representative Ellison would allow citizens to register to vote for all federal elections by registering on Election Day at polling places.