It sounds like a plot point from a bad ’90s cyberthriller, but my email inbox might have a sense of humor.
Let me explain. On Tuesday morning, I received an alert from the Brennan Center for Justice, announcing its new report on the prevalence of voting restrictions. In the four years since the 2010 election—when the GOP swept state houses across the country—22 states have passed restrictive voting measures, from voter identification laws to limits on early and weekend voting. While some restrictions were overturned by the courts or weakened by the Justice Department, others remain on the books, with provisions set to take effect before the midterm elections. “In 15 states,” notes the Brennan Center, “2014 will be the first major federal election with these new restrictions in place.”