Resources to Combat Disenfranchising Legislation

Source: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 2011

Legislation that would require voters to produce photo identification at the polls is popping up in many states across the country. These bills create new hurdles to the ballot box that are especially high for low income and minority voters who may not have the resources to get a qualifying photo ID. These voter ID bills are a solution in search of a problem and will only serve to disenfranchise eligible voters. The Lawyers’ Committee and our Election Protection and Voter ID Strikeforce partners have been working tirelessly to help protect voters’ rights against disenfranchising photo ID and omnibus voting bills that state legislators have been proposing across the nation.

Despite our best efforts in reaching out to lawmakers, these bills are becoming law in some states. It is crucial that we effectively educate voters, poll workers, and election officials about these new laws and do everything in our power to ensure that the worst case scenarios for voters don’t come true.

Below is a suite of national and state-specific resources the Lawyers’ Committee has used in the fight against these bills. Select a category to jump to the related documents below.

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