Reading Time: < 1 minute

Barriers to voting that disproportionately impact Black, Latino and Native American communities are not exclusive to the group of mostly southern states formerly subject to federal oversight under the Voting Rights Act.

From disenfranchisement of people who have formerly been imprisoned, to strict voter ID laws and restrictions on absentee balloting, every state in the country has laws on the books or practices in place that prevent equal access and representation.

As part of “Barriers to the Ballot Box,” a project of the Center for Public Integrity and Stateline, an initiative of Pew Charitable Trusts, here’s a state-by-state look at disenfranchisement in 2020.

Click on a state below to read about obstacles facing voters in this fall’s election.

Or click on a headline below to read more.

About this series

Stateline and the Center for Public Integrity are exploring how changes to polling places and other election shifts affect Americans’ ability to vote. Stateline is an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Go to for information on how to vote in 2020.

Help support this work

Public Integrity doesn’t have paywalls and doesn’t accept advertising so that our investigative reporting can have the widest possible impact on addressing inequality in the U.S. Our work is possible thanks to support from people like you.