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The Supreme Court’s impact on voting rights, in two maps

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It’s only been four months since the Supreme Court ruled, in Shelby County v. Holder, that a critical section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was unconstitutional. But in that short period, 16 states have taken steps to tighten voter rules.

Some of those states have imposed requirements that voters show a government-issued identification when they get to the polls. Others have curtailed the number of early voting days, or purged voters from their rolls using databases that critics say are riddled with errors.

Pro Publica, the nonprofit dedicated to investigative journalism, put together two startling maps that show just where voting rules have changed. Here’s how restrictive states were before Shelby County v. Holder:

And here’s what the map looks like after the 5-4 decision:

See the Pro Publica report here.