In the aftermath of the contested 2000 presidential election, Congress passed the bipartisan Help America Vote Act of 2002 to provide federal money to make it easier for Americans to exercise their right to vote and for local governments to ensure smooth elections.
When the Justice Department revealed on Friday that Pam Karlan would become the nation's top voting rights attorney, it was as if Marsellus Wallace called up the many voters being disenfranchised in states like Texas and North Carolina, and told them that he's sending The Wolf.
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Texas' new voter ID law could delay the amount of time required for hundreds of thousands of Texans to cast a ballot, forcing hours of delays at polling places across the state. Indeed, Texas voting precincts could require nearly six additional hours to process voters caught by this law in 2016.
In this month's statewide elections in Virginia, 222 voters were forced to cast a provisional ballot because they did not provide a valid form of voter identification at their polling place. Of those voters, just 88 ultimately had their votes counted.