Fights over voting rights a prelude to November midterm election

Lexington Herald-Leader,  February 13, 2018

So far this year, at least 16 bills aimed at making it harder to vote have been introduced in eight states, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. The proposals include a mix of photo ID requirements for voters, curbs on voter registration activity, cuts to early voting opportunities and new barriers to absentee voting. …

Fourteen states had new voting laws deemed restrictive by critics on the books for the first time in a presidential election in 2016. Civil rights groups said the laws helped shave one- to two-percent of eligible voters in key states, which aided in the surprising election of President Donald Trump. …
[In 2010] a GOP wave election swept large numbers of Republicans into state office. Since then, 10 states have imposed stricter voter ID laws, seven have made voter registration more difficult, six have cut early voting opportunities and three have made it harder for people with criminal records to restore their voting rights.
By Tony Pugh
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