Laws passed by the Republican-led Ohio state legislature in 2014 require voters to accurately fill out their personal information on absentee or provisional ballots or they will be rejected – even if the votes are otherwise valid. The laws are being applied in a presidential election for the first time this year.
A review of Republican-backed changes to North Carolina’s voting rules indicates as many as 29,000 votes might not be counted in this year’s election if a federal appeals court upholds a 2013 law. Besides banning voters from voting outside their assigned precinct on Election Day, this law also prevents them from registering the same day they vote during the early voting period.
President Obama called on Congress to pass “an updated version” of the Voting Rights Act on Thursday, the 50th anniversary of the passage of the federal law.