Nearly half the states in the country passed laws restricting the right to vote in the five years leading up to the last presidential election, with most of them in the south, according to a study recently released by two professors from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Keith Bentele and Erin O’Brien, professors of sociology and political science, respectively, found that race, class, and political partisanship influenced the push for a raft of restrictive laws from 2006 to 2011.
The study, published in December, found that during the five years preceding the 2012 election, nearly every state proposed a voting law that would have, in some way, restricted access to casting ballots or registering to vote. Almost half of states passed such a law, the study said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.