THIS YEAR IS THE FIRST presidential election since the Supreme Court struck down certain anti-discrimination protections in the Voting Rights Act. Before the ruling, areas that had historically discriminated against minority voting populations in the past had to get federal approval before making any changes to their voting procedures. For the 2016 election, these areas now have more opportunities to pass restrictive measures like requiring specific ID’s to vote, shortening early voting periods, changing requirements for registration and absentee voting and more.
According to National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), though more than 13.1 million Latino voters are expected to vote in this year’s election, more than 800,000 may encounter restrictions.
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