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Voter Suppression Unsuppressed

02/06/2020 2:30 pm ET Brian Frazer

Unsplash: Annie Bolin

Voter suppression is spreading faster than the coronavirus as states are closing polling sites, purging voter rolls and ignoring laws allowing residents to regain their right to vote. If you’re looking for help from the government, don’t. Trump’s Justice Department has not filed a single voting rights case to protect voters of color.

Above and beyond personal info
In 2018, there were an estimated 950,000 eligible but unregistered voters in South Carolina, nearly the same number of people who voted for governor. The reason? A state requirement that those registering list their entire Social Security number on registration forms.

Is the poll tax back?
For 1.6 million Floridians it appears to be. After the Sunshine State resoundingly voted to restore the voting rights for residents with felony convictions, the Republican-controlled Legislature decided to throw in some additional hoops to jump through – each person must pay fines and fees associated with their convictions before being allowed to cast a ballot. Sure sounds like a poll tax.

Key Quotes
“It’s [voter suppression] just much more modern. They can do it electronically, they can do it digitally and in ways we never thought about when I was coming along.”

“What’s really made this worse is what’s happening at the Justice Department.”

“Florida has a long and very troubled history in terms of voter suppression tactics, many specifically related to racial discrimination. The Legislature’s move is certainly part of it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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