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Moving to extremes on voting rights

Posted By Sharon McCloskey On June 3, 2014 @ 1:31 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Check out this new report [1] by Pro Publica on what’s happened to voting rights across the country since the U.S. Supreme Court last June struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder [2].

It’s the visual that gets you. Two maps, showing the movement of voting laws across the country from less restrictive to more (from light yellow to red), reveal how quickly lawmakers reacted to the court’s ruling and passed restrictive voting measures.

Here’s the country, pre-Shelby County:

before-shelby2 [3]

And here’s the country post-Shelby County:

AfterShelby [4]

 

North Carolina’s change has been most striking, moving clear across the spectrum.

“What North Carolina did was definitely at the extreme of practices in this country,” Yale University law professor Heather Gerken said in the report. “So if anything is vulnerable to a suit, it’s likely to be the North Carolina law. 


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[1] new report: http://www.propublica.org/article/voting-rights-by-state-map?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1401812196

[2] Shelby County v. Holder: http://www2.bloomberglaw.com/public/desktop/document/Shelby_Cnty_v_Holder_No_1296_2013_BL_167707_US_June_25_2013_Court

[3] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/before-shelby2.jpg

[4] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/AfterShelby.jpg

[5] Breaking: Federal judge upholds ruling requiring disclosure of emails in voting rights cases : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/15/federal-judge-upholds-ruling-requiring-disclosure-of-emails-in-voting-rights-cases/

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