President Obama recently stated that “The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Republicans in some swing states have advanced new laws that go beyond the voter identification requirements of recent years. Among other things, state lawmakers are pushing measures to limit the time polls are open and to cut back early voting, eliminate same-day registration, and making it more difficult to cast provisional ballots or curb the mailing of absentee ballots. Over the last 15 months, at least nine states have enacted voting changes making it harder to cast ballots. Sponsors of such laws have said they are trying to prevent voter fraud.
What’s Your Take? Voter Fraud Protection or Voter Suppression?