In the 2016 presidential election, 10 states will have restrictive voting laws in place that make it more difficult to register, that cutback (and even eliminate) early voting and enforce strict voter identification requirements. As the ACLU recently reported, theses states are “home to more than 80 million people and will wield 129 of the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency.
Proponents of the voter suppression laws argue that they are necessary to prevent rampant voter fraud. However, the statistics on voter fraud say otherwise. In July 2014, the Washington Post published a piece on how seven academic papers, four government inquiries, two news investigations and one court ruling showed that voter fraud is “mostly a myth.”
Furthermore, current research indicates that new and more strict voter laws in states has lowered turnout of Democrat-leaning black and Hispanic groups.
With the 2016 presidential election on the line, click HERE take a look at which states are have these voter suppression laws in place thanks to the ACLU.