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Have you all updated your voter's registration?>> A fierce battle over voting rights helped shape the 2016 race, as new laws made it harder for many people, often minorities to cast a ballot. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington and as I found in my reporting this year from Ohio, these laws can have a dramatic effect.
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Ohio's one of the most aggressive states when it comes to kicking people off the registration list just because they don't vote on a regular basis. So if you sat out a few elections after voting for Barack Obama in 2008, there was a good chance that you might not be able to vote this year.
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We also saw this kind of action in several of the southern states. This is the first election since the Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act of 1965. So states that had a history of racial discrimination, mainly in the south, were able to changed the way they conducted elections without getting the green light from the Justice Department.
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North Carolina was a prominent battle ground. Republicans tried to scale back early voting which is particularly popular with African Americans. They had a mixed record of success, but Donald Trump ended up caring the stake. Republicans I spoke with say they pushed for these changes to prevent voter fraud, but I found several eligible people who tried to vote and were turned away.
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Actual voter fraud has been shown over time to be extremely rare. Our story on the Ohio voter purge got a lot of attention, and a federal court ordered the Secretary of State to put those people back on the voting rolls. That was gratifying, but you can expect to see a lot more of these types of restrictions in the years to come.
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The Republican controlled congress has shown no interest in restoring those lost voter protections and Donald Trump will be in a position to appoint judges who take a restrictive view of voting right.