The Gist

Do Strict Voter Laws Make a Difference?  

Voting law expert Rick Hasen on the many ways Republican states try to suppress turnout.

An ‘I Voted’ sticker featuring local Louisiana artist George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog is worn by a voter on Dec. 10, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Last summer, the Supreme Court stopped North Carolina from using a strict voter ID law that would likely disadvantage Democrats and “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.”

Now, the court is facing two more restrictive voter laws that could seriously change American elections. Rick Hasen covers the wild world of election law on his blog. He joins Mike to discuss the new cases, and other ways that Republican-governed states have tried to suppress turnout.

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