|Fight Over Election Laws Continues in States and U.S. Congress|
October 17, 2012
Washington, DC – Today, Project Vote releases a new report, Election Legislation 2012: Threats and Opportunities Assessment Update. Throughout 2012, Project Vote has tracked election-related legislation in all 46 state legislatures that were in session, as well as in the U.S. Congress. In this comprehensive new report, Project Vote’s Erin Ferns Lee summarizes the substance and outcome of positive and negative bills introduced in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress.
Continuing a trend that began after the surge of participation seen in the 2008 presidential election, partisan lawmakers have continued to push legislation that could have a negative impact on voter participation, particularly among low-income Americans and people of color. However, this year has also seen a stronger defense against these regressive laws mounted by voters, legislators, and the voting rights community:
While these harmful election laws have received far too much attention in state legislatures, there have also been some encouraging efforts to pass legislation that would increase access to the democratic process:
In the Threats and Opportunities Assessment, Lee writes, “Despite heavy setbacks, a rising public consciousness to protect voting rights has fueled the fight against regressive laws through lawsuits, repeals, and new legislation. In 2013 and beyond, we hope to see more lawmakers and election officials focus on making sure all eligible Americans can register, vote, and cast ballots that count.”
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