League: THIS is What Voter Suppression Looks Like


The League of Women Voters wants people to know what voter suppression looks like and has compiled a list of restrictive laws in 13 states.

They include:

1. Alabama, which saw a new restrictive photo ID requirement in 2016. There is ongoing litigation that could require voters to provide more burdensome documentary proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

2. Arizona, which for the first time had limitations on mail-in ballot collection. This law made it a felony to turn in another voter’s completed ballot. This practice is popular for rural and Native American communities that do not have access to reliable transportation or postal offices.

3. Indiana, which now permits election officers to demand voters provide proof of identification. This law subjects voters to an additional and duplicative voter identification requirement that did not exist before the law was enacted.

4. Kansas, which continued attempts to require documentary proof of citizenship in order to register to vote by mail and at the DMV.  Courts overturned these requirements but many voters who tried to register were put on a suspense list.

5. Mississippi, which passed a restrictive photo ID requirement that was allowed to go into effect after the U.S Supreme Court gutted Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.

6. New Hampshire, which enacted a new photo ID law, requiring voters without acceptable ID to be photographed at the polls, and the photograph to be affixed to an affidavit.

7. Ohio, which made cuts to early voting and changed absentee and provisional ballot rules. The Buckeye State also eliminated the period known as “Golden Week”, when voters can register and cast a ballot on the same day. The Secretary of State also purged more than 1 million Ohio voters from the registration rolls.

8. Rhode Island, where voters needed to provide a valid photo ID to vote this year. Voters without ID could only cast provisional ballots.

9. South Carolina, which for the first time required voters who have photo IDs to produce them in order to vote in this presidential election. Voters without ID needed to sign an affidavit at the polls and could only cast a provisional ballot.

10. Tennessee, where lawmakers made the photo ID law already in place more restrictive by limiting acceptable IDs to only those issued by the state or federal government.  The state conducted an illegal purge of voters who hadn’t recently voted.

11. Texas, which instituted one of the most restrictive photo ID laws in the nation, but was blocked in the courts.  The state then required voters with ID to produce it, and individuals lacking the official ID could vote only after showing a different form of identification and signing a declaration.

12. Virginia, which limited voter registration by civic organizations and required restrictive photo ID for the first time.

13. Wisconsin, which reduced early voting hours on weekdays and eliminated them entirely on weekends. Voters also were required to show photo IDs for the first time. the restrictions to early voting and the ID law.

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