Court battles playing out over indigenous voting rights have the potential to tip tight races in states with large native populations and to influence matters of national importance.
In the wake of an election in Alabama with extraordinary turnout among black voters, questions remain about the role and impact of voting restrictions.
At a time when gaming election rules has become standard political strategy, the once-mundane task of culling voter rolls takes on new importance.
Restrictive eligibility rules have kept older citizens with disabilities from the voting booth, experts say.
Partisan redistricting and increasingly restrictive voting laws will make next year’s midterm elections uphill battles for Democrats.
“They’re trying to get rid of voters,” says Larry Harmon, whose challenge to Ohio’s aggressive purges of its voting rolls is before the Supreme Court.