With the Voting Rights Act gutted, election officials are no longer required to obtain pre-approval for voting changes. We are currently seeing issues like precinct closures and reductions to early voting periods, which disproportionately affect communities of color. And we saw this last year with a new “exact match” voter registration processing system that prevented thousands from making the rolls.
NGP works with local and national civil rights organizations to defend voting rights and advocate for policies that expand access to voting. In October 2015, NGP will convened a hackathon with programmers, academics, social justice advocates and elections officials, to find tech solutions to civic engagement challenges.