The upcoming midterms marks the first major nationwide election since the Supreme Court struck down a key piece of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. The 2013 decision had an immediate impact, giving a handful of primarily southern states the green light to change their voting rules without first getting approval from the federal government.
And change they have. In the run-up to November 4, there have been a flurry of of lawsuits challenging new voting rules that opponents claim unfairly discriminate against minority voters. Comic journalist Andy Warner explains, in three illustrated parts, the history of the Voting Rights Act, what the Supreme Court’s recent decision did and what the state of voting looks like today. Click on the images below to view as a slideshow, or read the comics in their entirety. Continue reading