In this month’s Hot Policy Take, we take a look at how states are shifting the role that vote centers play – or don’t play – in our local elections. While much less prevalent than changes to options like drop boxes or mail voting, since the 2020 election, nearly 100 bills concerning vote centers have been introduced in states around the country.
Since the 2020 election, state legislators and executives in several states have ramped up efforts to seize control of local election administration.
In this month’s Hot Policy Take, we take a closer look at Shelby County v. Holder, and how it sparked waves of election laws that restrict voting access across the country today – restrictive laws that often disproportionately harm voters of color.
In this month’s Hot Policy Take, we take a look at how certain states are suddenly bringing the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a widely trusted election list tool, under scrutiny, along with other changes in voter list maintenance happening around the country.
The Voting Rights Lab’s newest report — “Another Change-Making Year” is a first-of-its-kind report that examines election-related legislation introduced in the first quarter in states over the post-2020 period, a transformative time for elections policy nationwide.
Transparency is key when working to build – or rebuild – trust in American elections. But some so-called transparency efforts, such as posting ballot images online, can do just the opposite.
A decades-old conviction can deny a citizen’s access to the ballot box in some states – sometimes even for a lifetime. In fact, in the U.S. today, 4.6 million citizens – more than the entire population of the metropolitan areas of Seattle or Tampa – cannot vote...
Download a PDF of this fact sheet here. Just five states  have laws that require voter ID to cast a ballot and expressly forbid the use of student ID cards as a form of voter ID. In a sixth state, Arizona, the law allows for student ID cards to serve as voter ID if...
States like Texas, Florida, Georgia, Arizona have drawn the national spotlight for increasingly brazen attacks on voters and election administrators alike. Since 2020, each has enacted laws to restrict access to the ballot box. Each advanced narratives that erode voters’ confidence in our elections. And each saw rule changes that disproportionately harm Black and brown voters.
Now North Carolina – historically the site of some of our nation’s most shameful race-based voter suppression efforts – appears poised to join their ranks.
It's no secret that voter ID is a third rail when it comes to voting and elections policy. On one hand, strict photo ID laws that do not provide eligible, registered voters an alternative way to cast their ballot have been found to be racially discriminatory by some...