Voter Protection

The Equal Justice Society and others are engaged in efforts to combat voter suppression in key states. This initiative will include a voter summit in late March or April 2020 co-sponsored with the California Civil Rights Coalition, New Georgia Project, SEIU 1021, She The People, Advancement Project, National Office, and Advancement Project, California.

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The Brennan Center for Justice reports that state lawmakers nationwide after the 2010 election started introducing hundreds of harsh measures making it harder to vote. The new laws range from strict photo ID requirements to early voting cutbacks to registration restrictions.

Overall, 25 states have put in place new restrictions since then — 15 states have more restrictive voter ID laws in place (including six states with strict photo ID requirements), 12 have laws making it harder for citizens to register (and stay registered), ten made it more difficult to vote early or absentee, and three took action to make it harder to restore voting rights for people with past criminal convictions.

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Source: Brennan Center for Justice