Voter turnout in the Florida primary was dismal this year — less than 20 percent statewide — despite the efforts of dozens of campaigns and hundreds of volunteers to get people to the polls. Other states saw a similarly small turnout.
Yet nationwide, the introduction of more restrictive voter laws is on the rise. This year, 41 states introduced more than 180 bills to limit early voting, require specific ID at the polls or throw new obstacles at those who organize voter-registration drives.
These measures — largely initiated by Republican-led legislatures — are aimed at disenfranchising the young, the poor and minorities, most of whom tend to be Democrats.