Voter Suppression in the Era of a Weakened Voting Rights Act


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In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively gutted the historic Voting Rights Act, making it easier for states to suppress the vote by enacting voter ID laws, eliminating early voting, closing polling stations and aggressively purging voter rolls. Voter ID laws, specifically, didn’t exist prior to 2006—now about three-dozen states have some form of voter ID law. Since the court’s 2013 decision, hundreds of polling locations have closed. Experts say these efforts disproportionately disenfranchise voters of color and poor people, and with a high-stakes election coming up, the consequences of voter suppression tactics may prove pivotal.

Guests on this episode include Sean Morales-Doyle of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Deuel Ross of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund.

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