Nationally, some experts say policies governing the voting process in the United States prevent eligible voters from getting to the polls on Election Day. After the Supreme Court overturned a key part of the Voting Rights Act, officials in North Carolina grappled with the passage of a new voter ID law and a reversal of many voting procedures civil rights leaders spent years trying to win. “This is our Selma,” Rev. William Barber, a Protestant minister and political leader in the state, told PBS NewsHour. “We’re talking about taking away rights that people have utilized in elections, some since 2000.”
Other voting policies pose their own set of challenges for officials, such as same-day registration, a procedure that allows residents of those states to register to vote on Election Day right before casting their ballots.
The majority of states still require voters to register two to four weeks before an election, but 13 states currently offer same-day voter registration.
Supporters of such same-day voter registration say that the policy helps increase voter turnout, particularly among racial minorities that may be otherwise disenfranchised from voting.