Spreading Suppression: Restrictive Voting Laws Across the United States

Over the past two years, more than 30 states have introduced legislation or enacted laws that would curb voter’s access to voting. Some states, such as the battleground states of Florida and Ohio have dramatically shortened early voting opportunities, including the weekend before Election Day when many minority voters choose to vote. Florida and Texas both passed legislation to make it harder for volunteer organizations like the League of Women Voters to register voters. Since 2011, ten states have joined Indiana and Georgia to require voters to show a photo ID to vote. Several others are considering photo ID legislation. Additionally, some states including Kansas, are requiring citizens show proof of citizenship to register to vote.

To help better understand this wave of voter suppression efforts, we've created the interactive map below. Scroll over a state to get basic information about introduced or enacted legislation or click directly on the state to get a more detailed analysis of the law.

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