Mississippi’s Republican secretary of state, Delbert Hosemann, told the Associated Press in November that the state was going to start implementing its voter ID law by the June 2014 elections.
Rick Scott attempted again (unsuccessfully) to purge noncitizens from Florida’s voting rolls, a move he had tried previously in 2012, before being blocked by Section 5.
And thanks to the Supreme Court ruling, South Carolina was able to implement a stricter photo identification requirement.
This legislation reflects a larger cultural clash between Western democratic values and those of traditional Muslims.
Some Germans see their core beliefs coming under siege.
But as Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, notes, “Perhaps the biggest impact of Section 5 has always been at the local level.” And there’s been a lot of movement there, as well: After , Jacksonville, Florida, allegedly moved a voting center that had one of the highest African American voter turnouts in the state to a new site that’s not near public transportation.
In Texas, Galveston County eliminated virtually all of the black- and Latino-held constable and justice positions in the county, a move that was previously blocked under Section 5.
But Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s voting rights project, argues that they could have still been influenced by the Supreme Court decision.
“When you see half a dozen or more states immediately passing laws to restrict voting after , that spreads to other parts of the country,” he says. What happens in one state doesn’t stay there.” Members of Congress have attempted to introduce legislation that would resurrect the key protections shot down by the Supreme Court, but have not yet been successful.
About one month after the decision, Republicans in North Carolina pushed through a package of extreme voting restrictions, including ending same-day registration, shortening early voting by a week, requiring photo ID, and ending a program that encourages high schoolers to sign up to vote when they turn 18.