The recent elections brought on fears that the new voting laws would negatively impact the minority vote. The new laws range from voter photo identification requirements to restrictions on same day registration. Civic groups, voting rights advocates, the Justice Department, and two major political parties sent lawyers and monitors to polling locations to look out for voting problems. Reports of voting irregularities began as soon as the polls opened. According to The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law’s election protection program, more than 12,000 calls were made to the hotline. The majority of the calls came from Florida, Georgia, Texas, New York, and North Carolina.
Contributor: Dominique Jolly