Voting Wars

Since the last presidential election, politicians in 20 states have passed dozens of new voting laws, which means millions of Americans will face unprecedented requirements to vote.

These new laws were nine times more likely to be passed by Republican-led legislatures than those controlled by Democrats, a News21 analysis found. [Read more]

State officials removed millions of people from voter rolls in 2014. The purges disproportionately affected minority or low-income voters in some communities and white voters in others, a News21 analysis shows.

Republican politicians assert that voter fraud is a threat to democracy. But is it? See what’s happened since 2012.

Race and Rights

Race and Rights

Nowhere in America is the debate over voting rights more symbolic than in Shelby County, Alabama where Frank “Butch” Ellis successfully sued the U.S. Department of Justice over provisions of the Voting Rights Act, a move civil rights activists in the South say left the African-American vote at its most vulnerable in decades.

Since the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, black representation in Congress has grown to near parity with America’s racial composition, except in the South, where political representation still does not resemble the community.

Since 2013, attorneys have filed at least six lawsuits about voting access for Native Americans.

Asian-Americans face multiple barriers when it comes to voting, including language challenges. One in 3 Asian-Americans speaks limited English, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

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More than 5.6 million people live in communities where state officials have taken over distressed public schools, leaving parents without a school board — or a say in their children’s education.

Ferguson voters have elected three African-Americans to the City Council, which then hired the city’s first black police chief.

Power and Privilege

Power and Privilege

For years, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been a strident foe of illegal immigration, pushing for Kansans to provide proof of citizenship to register to vote. Though repeatedly defeated in court, one remaining case will decide whether thousands of Kansans will be able to vote in November.

Texas Sheriff Pamela Elliott diligently enforces voting laws in the West Texas town of Rocksprings. But like most of Texas, none of those involved voter impersonation.

California is the first and only state to pass a law that essentially allows plaintiffs to sue jurisdictions to switch from an at-large to a district voting system. Advocates say it helps ensure minorities have a better chance of electing people who understand their neighborhoods.

Politicians are deeply divided over restoring the right to vote to felons. Tayna Fogle, a Kentucky felon, had her rights restored 10 years ago. But it took her 15 years to get there.

Play the Voting Game

Want to increase or decrease voter turnout in your state? Try your hand at passing legislation to game the system.


Facing the Future

America’s Latino population jumped from 4 percent in 1965 to nearly 20 percent in 2015. More than 55 million Latinos now live in the U.S. and an expected 27.3 million will be eligible to vote in November. But a longstanding gap remains between those who can vote and those who will.

Latinos will play a major role in the country’s changing demographics. Census population projections suggest Latinos will help push the U.S. into a majority-minority nation by 2044. And millennial voters make up a larger share of the Latino electorate than they do any other ethnic group.

A 2015 Public Religion Research Institute poll shows 72 percent of Americans and 78 percent of white working-class Americans believe the country still is in a recession. Many are turning to Trump.

There are nearly 70 million millennials in the U.S. electorate, matching the baby boomer generation. But this young demographic doesn’t necessarily think — or act — like any of the generations before it.

Active-duty U.S. military personnel stationed or deployed overseas never know whether their ballots have reached their home states to be counted.

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