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Google searches show that millions of people wanted to vote but couldn’t

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on March 31, 2015 at 8:49 AM

Originally published in Washington Post's Monkey Cage on March 26, 2015 by Alex Street.

Fifty years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, election laws are still in the news.

Much of the recent attention has gone to court battles over voter ID laws. But other barriers to voting remain. Although some states allow voters to register right up to Election Day, others require registration as much as one month beforehand. In the typical state in 2012, registration was closed for three weeks before the election.

Some scholars argue that requiring early registration hurts voter mobilization in the final days of the campaign, when interest in the election is most intense. But skeptics counter that most of the people who fail to register in time have little real interest in voting.

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