Photo ID laws and other new voting restrictions across the country are making it harder for many eligible voters, especially minorities, students, the disabled and the elderly, to vote. Critics argue that measures are designed in particular to suppress the votes of minorities and college students to keep Democratic turnout low. Advocates say they want to protect a sacrosanct American institution.
- Voting Rights Battles Re-emerge in the South
Photo ID laws and other new voting restrictions in Southern states raise questions about a return to Jim Crow policies.
- New Voting Rules Make Getting Latinos to the Polls Harder than Ever
Traditionally low Latino turnout could stay low with the implementation of tough ID laws, despite 50,000 newly eligible voters each month.
- Arizona and Feds Clash over Voter Registration
A recent court ruling could confuse state voters: If they register to vote using a federal form, they don't have to show proof of citizenship, but if they register using a state form, they do.
- Student ID Cards Far From Sure Ticket to the Voting Booth
New voter ID requirements in many states may blunt the clout of young voters who rely on student ID cards for identification.
- Disabled and Elderly Voters Face New Hurdles at Polls
Without driver's licenses and facing inaccessible polling places, some elderly and disabled people give up trying to vote.
- Voting Turns into Frustrating Ordeal for College Student
A North Carolina student is fired up and ready to vote, only to encounter obstacle after obstacle.
- In Battleground States, Voters Get Ominous Letters About Citizenship
- Efforts to purge ineligible voters from the rolls in several states have led to allegations that eligible voters are receiving notices about having to verify their citizenship status in order to vote in the coming election.