In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo a voter marks her ballot at in Brooklyn, Iowa. Voting rights advocates say a proposed rule that would allow Iowans to register to vote online would exclude anyone without a driver’s license or state-issued ID and must be fixed. A public hearing is scheduled for Dec. 30. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
Senator Rand Paul Speaking at Howard University (Photo credit: Justin D. Knight, Howard University)
Senator Rand Paul Speaking at Howard University (Photo credit: Justin D. Knight, Howard University)

Jennifer Bendery and Dana Leibelson, THE HUFFINGTON POST

 
WASHINGTON (Huffington Post)—When it comes to restoring the landmark Voting Rights Act, Republican lawmakers don’t seem to want anything to do with it.

The Supreme Court gutted a key portion of the law in 2013 and told Congress to provide a fix. But only a handful of Republicans support a House bill that would do so by specifying which states and localities with a history of minority voter suppression require extra scrutiny when changing their voting laws. In the Senate, Democrats still can’t find a single GOP co-sponsor for their forthcoming bill.

But it turns out there is at least one voting rights issue that Republicans can get behind: reinstating voting rights to certain criminals after they get out of prison.

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