ICCPR Shadow Report: Voting Rights

United States Compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 

Several U.S. states retain laws and practices that severely restrict access to voting in contravention of the right to take part in the conduct of public affairs (Article 25) and non-discrimination principles under Article 2 of the ICCPR. These restrictions, which disproportionately affect low-income individuals and racial minorities, include restrictive identification requirements, highly inaccurate lists of individuals to be removed from voter rolls, restrictions on community-based voter registration drives, long waiting lines up to 7 hours in some locations, and attempts to cut early in-person voting by several days. Officials in one county have been accused of attempt to suppress Latino votes by providing the wrong election day on flyers written in Spanish.



Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
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