Texas’s Voter-Registration Laws Are Straight Out of the Jim Crow Playbook


Since Shelby County v. Holder (2013), which gutted the Voting Rights Act,  Texas and many other states have passed restrictive voting laws. Most of these laws involve requiring people to show identification in order to vote. In this excellent article, Ari Berman explores an additional way that Texas curbs the franchise: by making it harder for people to register to vote. Mr. Berman suggests that Texas would be a blue (or at least purple) state if voter registration weren’t so limited.


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