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Election Protection 2012: Our Broken Voting System and How To Repair It

January 31, 2013 | Download

Election Protection 2012: Our Broken Voting System and How To Repair It

On Election Day 2012, long lines were the story of the day, although the problems ran deeper than what appeared in the news media; the lines were a visible symptom of institutional problems afflicting our electoral system. Despite the chronic problems already experienced by voters, in 2011 and 2012 lawmakers flooded legislatures across the country with restrictive photo identification laws and cuts to early voting, measures which disproportionately affect the elderly, African-Americans, veterans, Latinos, students, people with disabilities, and lower income voters. Despite these setbacks, the 2012 election demonstrated yet again that Americans will continue to overcome barriers to exercise their right to vote, and they were not without assistance. The 2012 elections marked the third Presidential election in which Election Protection played a vital role supporting and protecting voters.

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