>> They're winning in court, now voting rights advocates face a new battle making sure that election officials actually follow the letter of the law. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, with the US Presidential election less than two weeks away, voting rights advocates have won string of victories at the state level rolling back strict photo ID requirements and getting millions of people back on to the voting rules.
There's just one problem, officials in many of those states don't wanna put these rulings into effect. This means that millions of voters could potentially be confused, discouraged, or at worst, prevented from casting a ballot on election day. Over the past decade, Republicans in a number of states have imposed photo ID requirements and tightened other voting rules in an effort to crack down on voter fraud.
Democrats say that these laws illegally discriminate against minorities, who are less likely to have a photo ID. This year, the courts have largely agreed with them, rolling back restrictive voting laws in Texas, North Carolina, North Dakota, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Ohio. But officials in many of these states are resisting or ignoring these rulings.
In Texas, clerks are still telling voters they need to present a photo ID to cast a ballot. Even though that no longer the case, in Wisconsin they have refused to issue voting cards to people who don't have a photo ID, again in violation of the law. In Kansas, the secretary of state refused for months to obey a court ruling that required him to restore 20,000 people to the voting rolls.
He finally complied in September after being threatened with contempt of court. With early voting already underway in many states, voting rights activists tell me they're already fielding calls from voters who say they're confused by the new legal landscape. If these problems aren't fixed soon, it could turn into a big problem when election day finally rolls around.