Yesterday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder used his powers under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to block enforcement of a prohibitive new voting law in Texas. The law would have required voters to show government-issued identification at the polls. The Justice Department ruled that Texas’ law would disproportionately deny Hispanics and other marginalized populations […]
In the wake of the 2010 elections, states all over the country enacted legislation that will make voting more difficult for an estimated 5 million people. Most of the laws, which experts say will make it harder for women, African Americans, Latinos, students, low-income voters, the elderly and the disabled to participate in elections, will go into effect just in time for the 2012 presidential election.