April 20, 2016 — Pepperdine Law professor Derek Muller was a guest commentator today on a KCRW-NPR radio program titled “Chaos and Disenfranchisement at the Polls,” which addressed changing voter laws and new regulations in several states. Listen to a recording of the program on KCRW.
In yesterday’s primaries, party frontrunners won. Many voters lost. A record number of New Yorkers complained about delays and glitches, not to mention anger at closed primary rules. Four times as many calls about voting problems poured into the national voter hotline than did in 2012. Frustration is building from Arizona to Wisconsin, over long lines, budget cuts, incompetence and restrictions. Thirty-three states have strict new voter ID laws after a 2013 Supreme Court ruling that struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Are voters already feeling the loss of the full protection of that landmark law of the civil rights movement?