This is a Stateline Collection article from PEW Trusts:
Voters in every state face obstacles to casting a ballot. The Center for Public Integrity and Stateline teamed up to explore the challenges. Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening, with more states added as we report them.
Republican legislators moved aggressively to place new restrictions on voting after the U.S. Supreme Court weakened the federal Voting Rights Act’s oversight of Arizona in 2013. It has limited early voting and has adopted some of the harshest restrictions in the country on people who’ve been convicted of a crime, disenfranchising 4.3% of the state’s adult population. A court fight over the state’s restrictions on absentee ballot collection is headed to the Supreme Court and could open the door for a further erosion of the Voting Rights Act.
California will decide in a statewide referendum this November whether to grant voting rights to nearly 50,000 people who are on parole in the state. It’s among a series of measures the state has taken in recent years to expand access to voting. But disruption to polling place locations and failure to comply with federal Voting Rights Act requirements that voting information be available in other languages continue to be barriers for some California residents.
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