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Resource Pack: Voting Laws and Voting Rights

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Resource Pack: Voting Laws and Voting Rights

August 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act. Recent years have seen many changes in and many debates about voting rules and regulations.

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act, freeing up many states that had previously been required to have any changes to voting laws pre-approved by the federal government. Since that ruling, states have been very active in both expanding and restricting access to the polls. A number of states have instituted expanded early voting, voting-by-mail, no-excuse absentee voting, or simplified registration procedures with the aim of getting more people to vote. Other states, concerned about potential voter fraud or the costs of expanded voter measures, have instituted photo-ID requirements, shortened registration or early voting periods, or lengthened residency requirements. Americans continue to debate the best ways to ensure safe and fair elections while opening the polls to as many people as possible.

With this debate and the VRA anniversary in mind, Street Law offers this Resource Pack for educators teaching about voting regulations and voting rights.

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