a response to successful efforts by non-partisan and progressive
to register hundreds of thousands of new voters in recent years, many
are enacting restrictions on voter registration drives.These laws
have a discriminatory effect as African Americans and members of
households are twice as likely to be registered through a voter
drive than whites or members of English-speaking households.
In Florida, strict
deadlines have been established, mandating that completed registration
forms must be delivered to election officials within days of being
filled out. Failure to comply with the deadlines makes a
person liable for heavy fines. This recently led the League
of Women Voters of Florida to briefly suspend voter registration
activities. The law is currently not being enforced while a lawsuit
between the League and the state is resolved.
In Ohio, voting
rights groups won a lawsuit that struck
down voter registration provisions that required
“registration drive workers to register and to undergo
training, to list detailed information on each registration form they
help with and for every gatherer to turn in forms in person, not
through an organizer”¦"
Fallout from Montana Voter Challenge Plan Continues: Last week we highlighted the tremendous job that Forward Montana
and other local advocates did in bringing a massive attempt to
challenge voters in Montana to a stop. In just a few days the plan was
abandoned amid serious public backlash. This week there has been
additional fallout as the executive director of the state GOP has stepped down. Clearly trying to keep people like deployed soldiers from voting wasn't a popular activity in the big sky state.