Southern states have closed hundreds of polling places since Supreme Court decision: civil rights group | TheHill

Southern states have closed hundreds of polling places since Supreme Court decision: civil rights group | TheHill

Since the 2014 midterm elections — the first since the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision — at least 1,173 polling sites in places formerly covered by a controversial provision in the law have shut down, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights said in a report released Tuesday.

The provision, which said jurisdictions with a history of discrimination need federal approval before changing voting rules affecting minorities, was deemed unconstitutional by the court. It had applied to some 860 counties and county-level equivalents.

Texas, Arizona and Georgia saw the most polling sites close in recent years, the report found. Arizona, for example, say more than one in five polling locations shut down, while in Georgia, seven counties now only have one polling location.

via Southern states have closed hundreds of polling places since Supreme Court decision: civil rights group | TheHill

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