Allegra Chapman

Allegra Chapman is the director of voting and elections at Common Cause.

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Voting Rights: Will Court Protections Deliver?

Federal courts have overturned several state voting restrictions, but the struggle continues on the ground.

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AP Photo/Chuck Burton Demonstrators march through the streets of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Monday, July 13, 2015, after the beginning of a federal voting rights trial challenging a 2013 state law. This article will appear in the Fall 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . T he electoral dirty work done by dozens of state legislatures in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision Shelby County v. Holder is the focus of determined legal challenges by voting-rights advocates, and decisions are coming down at a dizzying pace. Not every court involved has come down in favor of voters, but there’s encouraging evidence that judges, including conservatives, recognize state laws purportedly passed to ensure “voting integrity” for what they really are: suppressive tactics. States’ efforts to suppress the vote Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County , state legislators representing nearly half the country rolled back effective reforms and erected...