Seventeen states have new voting restrictions in place in this presidential election. Most of these new restrictions would have been illegal under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a law renewed repeatedly by Congress and signed by Republican presidents from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush. Despite their denunciations of judicial activism, that history of legislative consensus did not prevent the Supreme Court’s Republican majority from overturning a nearly sixty-year-old precedent in the name of a supposedly “color blind” Constitution. 'Raising new barricades around the voting booth is the real fraud. This is a cynical, orchestrated campaign to undo the legacy of the black and white civil-rights workers who risked their lives in the bloody struggle to enfranchise black voters and bring an end to Jim Crow across the South.'