Already, some states are making changes. A legal settlement in Missouri led to more than 200,000 voter-registration applications from welfare offices in less than two years. A settlement in Ohio has led to more than 100,000 this year. Lawsuits are pending in Indiana and New Mexico.
The lawsuits were brought by three groups: Project Vote, Demos and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Lisa Danetz, senior counsel for Demos, which advocates higher levels of voting, says more legal action is needed. "I truthfully think that we're just going to go one by one through the states," she says.