With less than a week to go before “Super Tuesday,” a coalition of civil rights groups is working to make sure that everyone eligible can cast a vote. Election Protection, which represents more than 100 civil rights organizations across the U.S., is concerned with the recent surge of restrictive voting laws in some states following the 2013 Supreme Court decision that gutted a Voting Rights Act provision. “We’ve come to see a lot of stress when it comes to accessing the ballot box,” Kristen Clarke, the executive director of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a conference call Wednesday. “This is the first election in 40 years without the Voting Rights Act.”
Experts say that Latinos are particularly at risk when it comes to issues at polling stations, especially given that the 2016 presidential election is expected to draw a record number of new Hispanic voters to the polls.
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) said that there are 27.3 million eligible Latino voters in the U.S., with 13.1 million currently registered to vote, and officials at the organization say one of the biggest barriers Hispanics face is finding out how to register to vote or if they are registered.