The Best & Worst Voting States

Infographic Courtesy of ACLU.

Infographic Courtesy of ACLU.

The right to vote is under attack all across our country.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires that cities, counties and states with histories of discriminatory voting laws seek federal permission before changing their election rules. Lately, the Supreme Court has made it easier for jurisdictions with troubled pasts to enact restrictive voting laws.

A total of 34 states have passed laws requiring voters to show some form of identification at the polls. But with more than 11% of American citizens (over 21 million Americans) currently lacking these photo IDs, it’s clear that such laws could have a disastrous effect.

If left to stand, these laws could make it harder for key Democratic groups, including people of color, to get to the polls this fall. It is essential that all voices are heard. Here’s a rundown of the five most restrictive and least restrictive states (in terms of Voter ID laws).

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The Resurgence of Jim Crow

Photo courtesy of NPR.org

Photo courtesy of NPR.org

The emergence of Barack Obama as a prominent political figure inspired African American voters in 2008 to turn out in higher numbers than ever before, closing the gaps in voter turnout. The implication is that the racial divide in American has ‘evaporated’ and that we have moved to an America beyond race. This single instance has been the fuel for right wing white ruling class to achieve the goal that they have long been working for: To remove the protective voting rights for African Americans, the same protective measures that culminated in such a successful turnout in 2008.

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