Warning Signs: The Potential Impact of Shelby County v. Holder on the 2016 General Election Races for President, Senate and Governorships at Risk with an Eviscerated Voting Rights Act

Warning Signs profiles voter suppression activities in states that were once covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and are host to competitive 2016 contests for 84 Electoral College votes, two Senate seats, and one governor’s seat. The report finds that, since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, all five of these states – North Carolina, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Virginia – have engaged in deceptive and sophisticated practices to disenfranchise voters that will have an impact on the 2016 election.

The report is a collaborative effort of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, and relies on recent reports and materials from the ACLU, the Advancement Project, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, the Brennan Center for Justice, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the NALEO Educational Fund.

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