2010 Swing State Report
Common Cause and Demos have analyzed election policies in 10 swing states that could disenfranchise voters and impact election results. The report looks at Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio, summarizing each state’s practices, and providing a set of recommendations for improvement. Dozens of impediments to voting and voter registration were uncovered in this examination of election laws and practices – along with some positive news for voters. These 10 states are expected to be pivotal in this fall’s battle for control of Congress and were chosen because, historically, closely-contested elections often feature attempts to suppress voter registration and turnout, some of them abetted by archaic state laws and election practices.
Read the national press release here.
We have broken down the report by each swing state. Every press release contains a summary of the report's findings for that state. The fact sheets contain the political outlook, summary of findings and recommended action for the state. The state charts, found at the end of the full report, evaluate the state laws and practices.