This November, voters will cast their ballots in the first presidential election in 50 years without full protection of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
When the Supreme Court struck down Section 5 of the VRA in 2013, it dissolved the need for states with a history of racially discriminatory voting practices to seek approval from the federal government before changing their election laws.
Since then, some states have sought to make changes that could impact minority voters this fall. According to a report released Wednesday by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)'s Educational Fund, approximately 8 million Latino voters are vulnerable to restrictive voting changes that have come into effect since 2012.
NALEO's report breaks down how millions of Latinos living in 19 states could be disproportionately affected by newly-implemented voting laws during this presidential election, noting that anything from moved deadlines for registration to strict Voter ID laws could potentially prevent an estimated 875,000 eligible Latino voters from casting their ballot.
NALEO's Executive Director Arturo Vargas discussed the report with NBC News.
"To maximize participation among Latinos," Vargas said. "We need to be promoting policies that make voting and registering to vote more accessible, and not less accessible, to the nation's second largest population group and all qualified U.S. citizens."
In the presentation of the report on Wednesday in Washington, according to Fox News Latino, Vargas also said difficulties in voting means the country doesn't "have the electoral participation a democracy needs."