Attacks on Voting Rights

Over the past year, several states have attempted to implement laws that, in practice, will greatly restrict access to the ballot box. Lawmakers have designed legislation to restrict access to the polls by shortening the early voting period, eliminating Election Day registration, making it harder for third-party groups to register voters, and restricting the types of identification a voter can use to vote.

While proponents defend these bills by using false claims of widespread voter fraud, it is hard not to see the underlying intent is to erect barriers to make voting more difficult. Instead of eliminating fraud, these laws have the effect of discouraging voting among minorities, low-income voters, the elderly, voters with disabilities, young people, women, and low-wage workers.

 

Stories

In Pennsylvania, 93-year-old Viviette Applewhite may not be able to vote this fall after she lost her driver’s license and social security card when her purse was stolen a few years ago. She never had a birth certificate. A joined a lawsuit...

Kevin Humphreys, a 51-year-old unemployed Republican voter from Haverford, PA without a driver’s license, upon hearing about Pennsylvania’s new voter ID in April, began the process of acquiring a free voter ID. He requested the necessary...

Despite providing a baptism certificate, a Social Security card, a checkbook, and a Medicare statement, 84-year-old Ruthelle Frank of Brokaw, WI was told she would need to produce a birth certificate to verify her citizenship before she could get a...