Think you are seeing an election like never before? Well, the 2016 election will be a big change from the presidential election in 2012 in another way beside Donald Trump: Many more restrictive voting laws. This year will be the first presidential election held since the Supreme Court struck down anti-discrimination protections in the Voting Rights Act. Since then, a number of laws have gone into effect that are raising concerns about their effect on turnout of minority voters. The National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) said in a report released Wednesday that laws implemented since Election Day 2012 could make voting more difficult for at least 875,000 eligible Latino voters.
Hundreds of thousands more people are likely to be deterred from voting, NALEO said.
Those laws include placing restrictions on registration, requiring specific IDs to vote, restrictions on absentee voting by mail, proof of citizenship requirements, doing away with registration of 16- and 17-year-olds and shortening registration and early voting periods.
For example, Virginia enacted a law in 2013 that requires the citizenship status on voter registrations to be checked against a federal database that has had problems with errors.