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Texas Matters: Which states are making voting too hard?

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David Martin Davies

We have frequently reported that it is difficult to vote in Texas. And in the past, we’ve been able to tell you it’s the most difficult state for registering and casting a ballot—but that’s no longer the case.

That’s not because Texas has made voting easier. In fact, just the opposite is true.

It’s just that other states have now surpassed Texas in their efforts for voter suppression.

A new book takes a look at the problem of ease of voting in the 50 states. It’s called The Cost of Voting Index in the American States.

Michael Pomante is a research associate at States United Democracy Center and he is a co-author of the book.


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David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi