Among the victims of the Florida law: Jill Cicciarelli, a New Smyrna Beach high school teacher who last year tried to register several of her students. She had been out on maternity leave, ran afoul of the new law, and was threatened with thousands of dollars in fines. "I just wanted the kids to be participating in our democracy," she says.

More significant, these laws have had a direct impact on minorities. The number of Latinos registered to vote in Florida, for instance, has fallen by 10 percent since 2008. (Nationally, there are 2 million fewer minority voters now than in 2008.) Florida, says Howard Simon, executive director of the state's ACLU, is attempting to "gut the Voting Rights Act."

Is all of this enough to propel Mitt Romney to victory over Barack Obama? Well, the president received 96 percent of black votes in 2008 and more than two-thirds of the Latino vote. And Florida is the nation's largest swing state. Many of the measures, like those in Arizona, Texas, and Minnesota, are under review by courts or face public votes in the future. "The fate of these laws," says the NAACP's Jealous, "will determine that of our country for years to come."

Chuck Strouse is editor in chief of Miami New Times.

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Richmondman
Richmondman

"More and more elections are decided by razor-thin margins" More than 70% of San Franciscans registered to vote didn't bother to get their lazy-asses off the couch and vote last Tuesday. People who don't vote get what they deserve. Nothing.

Jsimmons22
Jsimmons22

I asked god way do the wicked seems to prosper there children has it all they set traps for the week they build bigger houses justice don't bother them satey is in their gates and the lord responded to me saying . Don't worry about the wicked for it seems that life is great in their tent don't I rain on the just as well as the unjust see their wickedness don't last long after they in joy the best of life the die they can't bring their wealth or there big house their children follow their wicked ways and they to also die and they wicked have nothing at all but the righteous will inherited the earth

Richmondman
Richmondman

It is fairly easy to get a legal photo ID - California issues them just like a Driver's License. Just because some people CHOOSE not to get them does not make photo ID requirements for voting racist. It does, however, greatly reduce illegal voting and voter registration. Not ID's, and no ID requirements for voter registration, as well as voting day registration open the doors to voting abuses.

Soulfuel2
Soulfuel2

You know it's funny usaully after I read one of theses things about voting rights. There are a bunch of folks spouting all this hatered towards people who don't live in the manor that quote main stream america lives. But when the facts are shown I don't see a sinle post. Saying that mabe I was wrong, that mabe there is a under tone of bais agaisnt said people. And that the timing has a strange coralation to the sharing of power. America has for as long as I can remember been telling other nations how it should treat its people. but has not been the perfect model. It's time we let go inoder for us to grow, STOP THE HATE

Jack Levitt
Jack Levitt

Stories like designed to explain/excuse the landslide defeat President Obama is facing in November are an insult to non-whites.

 
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