The Supreme Court left standing a key provision of the Voting Rights Act requiring some states to get “pre-clearance” for any election changes. (Read more).
Isn’t it time not to wait for the next court decision but act now to come up with solutions that apply to all 50 states? At the top of the list for the Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network is a national standard for voter registration, the number one problem for voters in elections. The 9 states that already have some kind of Election Day registration are good models.
Check out the excellent universal registration ideas put forward by Obama for America chief counsel Robert Bauer and McCain 2008 chief counsel Trevor Potter – “A New Page for Voting”. For more information on this approach to a new national standard for voter registration – visit the Brennan Center for Justice or Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.