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Vote Suppression



  • What Modern Voter Suppression Looks Like In Florida

    by Julio Capó Jr. and Melba V. Pearson

    "The result of legal maneuvering in Florida is a 21st-century version of Jim Crow, now matured into James Crow Esq. The intent — to restrict minority community access to the ballot box — is the same, but the methods of voter suppression have become more sophisticated."



  • The Vote Suppression Tipping Point

    Have decades of efforts to stop Democratic constituencies from casting ballots become flagrant enough to inspire revenge by voting? 



  • Frontline: Whose Vote Counts?

    Jelani Cobb investigates the Wisconsin primary election as a lens onto the ongoing struggle to protect voting rights. 



  • Republicans: The New Confederacy

    by David W. Blight

    "There is no Republican majority in America, except on election days. It all depends on who votes and who is allowed to vote."



  • What Do We Do About Voter Intimidation?

    by Nicholas Grossman

    "Americans can vote for any candidate they want. But they should be able to do so absent intimidation, and every vote should count."  


  • My Memories of Voter Suppression

    by Lawrence Wittner

    After witnessing firsthand the depth of struggle needed to secure the Voting Rights Act in 1965, the author says the 2013 Supreme Court decision to gut the VRA and subsequent acts by state governments to suppress the vote "betray the most basic principle of democracy."



  • Trump's Call for Freelance Poll-Watchers Summons a Dark History

    by Nicole Hemmer

    In 1981, the Republican National Committee used threatening signs and deployed off-duty officers to polling places in Black and Latino neighborhoods to help win the New Jersey governorship. This is the first presidential election year since the decree expired, making Trump's call for supporters to "watch the polls" ominous. 



  • In 2020, Voting Rights are on the Ballot

    by Peniel Joseph

    Black citizenship remains the best yardstick to measure the nation’s democratic health, and even before the coronavirus pandemic, the Black vote in large parts of the country remained imperiled.



  • The Supreme Court’s Starring Role In Democracy’s Demise

    by Carol Anderson

    The Supreme Court today repeats the shameful actions of the courts in the 1890s, which gave judicial cover to state laws explicitly designed to disenfranchise Black voters, by accepting bad faith arguments that the laws in question were race-neutral.