It's Hard Out Here For a Voter
Instead of working to boost voter participation, many states are passing laws that make it even harder for Americans to vote. Newsbound's guide to the story includes a brief explainer and a regularly-updated summary of the latest events.
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- The Nation's Ari Berman explains how Arizona and Kansas are creating "a two-tiered system of voter registration" that recalls "the days of segregation."
- In the New York Review of Books, Elizabeth Drew argues that the Republicans’ voting restrictions are “the worst thing that has happened to our democratic election system since the late nineteenth century.”
- In a New York Times blog post, Prof. Rick Hasen writes that “we are dealing with this relatively small problem in an irrational and partisan way.”
- In this PBS video segment, correspondent Lucky Severson talks to a Georgia voter who spent six months trying to acquire the necessary documents to get a photo ID, as well as the Georgia legislator who sponsored the state’s voter ID law.
- In the Wall Street Journal, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach makes “the case for voter ID.”
- And FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver explores the potential effects of the voter ID laws in this post from July 2012.
Credits: Written by Patrick Sharma and Josh Kalven.
Designed by Tabriz Ghazi and Katie Tonkovich.
Images courtesy of the Associated Press.
First Published: 11/19/2013