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What is the price of voter suppression? "Voter ID foes stress legal cost in new tactic" in report from the Philadelphia Tribune

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Philadelphia Tribune cites the high cost of implementing strict photo voter ID and fighting litigation brought under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act in "Voter ID foes stress legal cost in new tactic."  LDF's own white paper examines the high cost (in time, money and burden) of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act litigation.

"Litigation over Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act has also cost a number of municipal and county jurisdictions millions. Charleston, S.C., spent $2 million on lawyers in an unsuccessful fight against a Section 2 lawsuit. Yet, as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund points out, under Section 5 (the key provision in the Voting Rights Act gutted by the Supreme Court) it cost an average of $500 for states and localities to submit paperwork for preclearance of changes to voting practices.

Elsewhere, Voting Rights Act litigation fees are eye-opening, from the $1 million spent by Fayette County, Ga., defending Section 2 to the $3 million that North Carolina has spent defending Voter ID legislation that’s going into effect."