Amid An Assault On Voting Rights, Here’s Where Advocates See Some Hope

Kathy Culliton-Gonzalez, a lawyer who works on automatic voter registration at Demos, a progressive think tank, said some of the momentum toward automatic voter registration was born out of the controversy surrounding the results of the 2000 election, long lines to vote across the country in the 2012 election and efforts to pass voter ID laws to make it more difficult to vote.

“After Bush v. Gore is really when our country started thinking, maybe for the first time after the civil rights movement, there’s really a lot of emphasis on elections, what’s going on with elections, how can elections be so close, how can the technology be so bad,” she said. “It almost seems like the purging and using data to get people off the rolls came out a lot earlier and a lot stronger than the idea of using technology to get people on the rolls.” [...]