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Group: Voter registration grew at assistance sites Print E-mail
July 17, 2013
 
MELINDA DESLATTE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
 
BATON ROUGE, La. — A voting rights group said Wednesday that thousands of low-income Louisiana residents have registered to vote because of its pressure on state public assistance agencies to provide the applications.
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How to Make Voting Easier Print E-mail
May 20, 2013

ARI BERMAN, THE NATION

Throughout American history, restrictions on voter registration were a major tool of disenfranchisement. Before the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, only a quarter of African-Americans in the South were registered to vote. Four years after the VRA outlawed literacy tests and other voter suppression devices, the number of black Southeners registered to vote had more than doubled.
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Online registration may ease state voter disenfranchisement Print E-mail
 
April 13, 2013
 
JESS MILLER, SCRIPPS HOWARD FOUNDATION WIRE
 
WASHINGTON – In 2012, 30 states introduced laws that restricted access to voting. But some states are using online registration – or thinking about it – as a way to at least make registering to vote easier.
 
A March 27 report by Project Vote found that last year more photo ID laws, voter purges and voter registration restrictions were either introduced or passed in state legislatures across the country than ever before.   
 
“These laws cause much more harm than good,” Erin Lee, the report’s author, said in an interview. “The proposals don’t actually solve a problem. They just prevent more people from voting.”
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